Amidst the strong demand within the Congress party for a comprehensive probe into the iron ore mining issue at Chakkittappara, the State Government is taking a cautious stand by buying time before ordering any investigation.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who is on a Delhi visit, told reporters that the Industries Department is examining whether a probe should be conducted or not and a decision will be taken after discussion in the Cabinet. “The government did not take a soft approach on the iron ore mining issue at Chakkittappara. The Industries Department cancelled the permit to the company immediately,” he said.
Chandy reiterated his stand that anyone found guilty would not go scot free and at the same time the innocents would not be punished. “The government is giving due importance to the issue and we are not looking at any individual. Necessary steps will be taken on the issue at appropriate time,” he said.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala and senior Congress leader V M Sudheeran were among others in the Congress who demanded a probe into the Chakkittappara iron ore mining. When Chennithala called for a comprehensive probe, Sudheeran demanded a CBI enquiry into the issue.
Meanwhile Congress spokesperson Pandalam Sudhakaran demanded here on Sunday that a Vigilance probe should be carried out on the allegation that Rs 5 crore bribe was given to former Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem for giving permit to the company for iron ore mining at Chakkittappara. He said delay in ordering a probe would only create confusion in the minds of people.
“The person who raised the allegation is still sticking to his remarks. Also Kareem’s reply on the issue has not been convincing at all. In this backdrop, the State Government should order a Vigilance probe into the issue,” he said.