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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday urged Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to take the initiative to hand over the lottery scam case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
In a statement here, Mr. Chennithala said the State should not lose time any more to hand over the case to the CBI now that Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac had said he had no objection in asking the Centre to order a CBI probe.
The Chief Minister himself had confessed to the lapses committed by his government in taking action against the lottery mafia and this had only increased the gravity of the scam that went on since the LDF came to power.
He said he had earlier written to the Chief Minister asking for a CBI probe since the lottery cases were part of international deals.
But both the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister had refused to oblige him.
He was happy that both Ministers had finally changed their stand on the issue, sensing the disaffection among people and the gravity of the situation.
The Cabinet should take an immediate decision on handing over the case to the CBI.
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