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Chandy asks VS for suggestions

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Action in lottery case after considering opinion: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday asked Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan to give his suggestions with regard to the lottery cases which had been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The Chief Minister, who wrote a similar letter to Congress MLA V.D. Satheesan, said it was his desire to take further action in the lottery cases after due consideration of their opinions.

Attaching a copy of the 32 cases that had been notified for handing over to the CBI along with his letter, Mr. Chandy recalled the letter Mr. Achuthanandan had written to the Prime Minister while he was in office demanding a CBI inquiry into the fraud worth Rs.80,000 crore the lottery lobby had committed in the State.

“You have maintained that position. However, the decision on a CBI probe was delayed.

V.D. Satheesan in the meantime approached the High Court seeking a CBI probe. Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam, who appeared for the Central government, had informed the High Court about the Centre's willingness for a CBI probe. State government counsel Nitish Gupta had given an assurance that all legal procedures would be completed within a period of two weeks to facilitate the CBI probe, leading to the High Court closing the file,” Mr. Chandy said.

He had written to the Prime Minister on June 4 urging him to expedite the CBI probe.

“I got the letter of Union Minister for Personnel V. Narayansamy on Friday asking the State government to issue a notification under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act. I had made the necessary arrangements for issuing the notification on Saturday itself after consulting the Finance Minister and other officials,” he pointed out.

Mani flays VS

In the meantime, Finance Minister K.M. Mani termed Mr. Achuthanandan's statement that the State government had referred the 32 cases to the CBI with intention of sabotaging the probe “extraordinary”. “Mr. Achuthanandan is displaying intolerance simply because the new government had taken a step in a matter in which he had failed to do anything,” Mr. Mani said.

He said it was the Achuthanandan government which had concealed the documents with a view to sabotaging a CBI probe.

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