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the law takes primacy:The former MinisterR. Balakrishna Pillai leaving for Ernakulam from his house at Kottarakara on Thursday evening to surrender before the court on Friday.
KOLLAM: The former Minister and Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai left for Ernakulam from his house at Kottarakara, near here, on Thursday evening to surrender before the Idamalayar Special Court on Friday.
Mr. Pillai who was sentenced to one year's rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.10,000 in the Idamalayar case by the Supreme Court had been directed to surrender before the special court by Monday or face arrest.
Talking to presspersons from his house at Kottarakara, Mr. Pillai said while he respected the judiciary, he had every right to criticise the verdict against him in the case. He termed the verdict “totally unjustified” and said the case itself was “politically motivated.”
Mr. Pillai said he was moving a review petition through his lawyers against the verdict.
“I am not scared of going to jail. I had been in jail with EMS. But my age is a problem now. I am also suffering from serious health problems.” He said the review petition was being submitted citing these problems.
He said since he had earlier held the jails portfolio, he was hopeful of some kind of privileges while serving the sentence. He said that if proper medical care was denied, his life would be in danger. He wished to serve the sentence at Poojappura Central Jail in Thiruvananthapuram, but where to lodge him was for the court to decide.
He said nowhere had it been said in the judgment that he had accepted bribes or that there was corruption. It was the Kerala State Electricity Board that had the right to award such dealsMr. Pillai said en route to Ernakulam, he would pray at Mannathu Padmanabhan's tomb at the headquarters of the Nair Service Society at Changanaserry.
He said his son, K.B. Ganesh Kumar, MLA, who vice-president of the party, had been empowered to lead the party and take decisions.
Mr. Pillai said in the coming Assembly elections, a candidate from his party would contest from Kottarakara.
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