UDF govt trying to sabotage lottery scam probe: VS

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Sunday said the UDF government's notification seeking a CBI probe into the lottery scam was meant to sabotage a comprehensive investigation in the matter.

It was evident from the notification that the government wanted to skip serious issues like black money and possible flow of funds for subversive activities through fraudulent operations of outside state lotteries, the CPI-M veteran leader told reporters here.

The government had referred only 32 lottery cases for which FIR had been lodged in various police stations in the state. However, serious issues like black money laundering did not come under their ambit. This went against the affidavit submitted by the Additional Solicitor General in the lottery case in the Kerala High Court, he said.

"This is part of a game to save the lottery mafia and attempts by the Congress leadership to cover up the real issues," Achuthanandan said.

He said the recent transfer of some top police officials was intended to sabotage probe into the 'Ice Cream Parlour' sex case in which allegations were raised against IUML leader and industries minister PK Kunhalikutty.

Criticising the government's reluctance to rein in the self-financing colleges in admission and fee issue, he said this was part of its move to promote privatisation and commercialisation of the education sector.

The LDF would strongly oppose the government policies in the coming days within and outside the Assembly without showing any lenience, Achuthanandan said.