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Chandy welcomes court verdict

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TENSE MOMENTS:Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, along with senior Congress leaders, evaluating the verdict of the Vigilance court in the pamolein case in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy on Monday said he had informed his party high command his perceptions about what to do if he was named an accused in the palmolein case at the end of the investigation as per the direction of the Vigilance Court.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Chandy said: “I have a clear perception of what to do in case I am included as an accused. I have informed the party high command about this. I will take necessary steps in this direction in the event of my inclusion as an accused with the permission of the high command. I hope the high command will give its permission.”

Welcoming the Vigilance Court's direction to continue investigation in the 15-year-old palmolien case, Mr. Chandy said he would fully cooperate with the investigation. He did not propose to dodge the investigation on technical grounds as he felt it was his duty to face the probe as a law abiding citizen. “I have always made the best effort to uphold values in public life. It is not enough for a public servant to do the right thing. He should also convince others about his actions,” he said.

He would not hesitate to respond to the investigation officers even if he was called for questioning during the peak of electioneering. He had made his stand very clear in the Assembly that he was ready to face any kind of probe into the palmolein case and that he would not view it politically. Mr. Chandy said he would make a detailed statement after studying the court order.

Addressing another press conference, KPCC spokesperson M.M. Hassan said the LDF government and the CPI(M)'s attempts to revive the palmolein case in the hope of getting some adverse remarks from the Vigilance Court had received a big setback.

Even though the LDF government had, in its report submitted to the Vigilance court, implicated Mr. Chandy, who was Finance Minister when the palmolein deal took place, the court did not make any adverse remarks against him. The LDF's attempt to run an election campaign against Mr. Chandy on the basis of such an adverse remark has received a setback, he said.

He alleged that the attempts to implicate Mr. Chandy in the palmolein case after nearly 15 years was politically motivated. The Congress party would strongly respond to such moves. Mr. Hassan said the Congress party was not afraid to face the probe.

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