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UDF leaders to petition Governor

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Opposition seeks probe into charges against Achuthanandan's son


Thankachan lists out eight charges

Speaker urged to expunge VS' speech


Thiruvananthapuram: United Democratic Front (UDF) convener P.P. Thankachan said here on Friday that the coalition leaders would petition Governor R.S. Gavai seeking a probe into the charges against Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan's son, Arun Kumar.

The UDF continued its tirade against Mr. Achuthanandan, with Mr. Thankachan and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) spokesperson, in separate press conferences, highlighting the various allegations of corruption involving the Chief Minister's son and the Chief Minister's office.

Mr. Thankachan listed out eight allegations against Mr. Arun Kumar, including the foreign tours he had undertaken, submitting of fake documents for a Ph.D registration, and interference in postings at the Institute of Human Resources Development. The LDF government was quick in taking up cases against UDF leaders on the basis of the statements of certain individuals, but the same speed was not seen in the allegations made by people who have a standing in society.

The allegations about interventions in court cases were made by senior lawyer Ramkumar, former CPI (M) Kannur district secretary P. Sasi and the Chief Minister's former private secretary K.M. Shajahan. “This is nothing but a well-scripted political conspiracy,” he said.

The UDF meeting, held on Thursday evening, also wanted the Speaker to expunge the speech that Mr. Achuthanandan had made in the Assembly after the House concluded its business for the session. Mr. Thankachan, a former Speaker, said it was a violation of business rules and conventions to make a speech after the Chief Minister, as the leader of the House, makes an announcement about the conclusion of the business before the House, he added.

CBI probe

Mr. Hassan, who addressed another press conference later in the evening, said Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's statement that the Centre had not received the Chief Minister's letter seeking a CBI probe vindicated the UDF's allegation that he had worked towards sabotaging the probe. The Chief Minister's action was intended to help lottery tycoon Santiago Martin, he alleged.

Mr. Hassan justified the out-of-court settlement he had arrived at with the Chief Minister's son Arun Kumar, in a defamation case. He said he had agreed to a settlement because Mr. Arun Kumar had pleaded with him. He said he had not given an apology and the Chief Minister's statement claiming that he had done so was incorrect.

Mr. Hassan also reiterated the cases of corruption, irregularities and nepotism allegedly committed by Mr. Arun Kumar.

In reply to a question, he said CPI (M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had inconclusive evidence against the Chief Minister and all he had to do was to turn in the letter that his former district secretary P. Sasi wrote to him about the Chief Minister's intervention in the Kalluvathikal hooch tragedy probe.

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