Rema Rejects Govt Plea to End Fast; Firm on CBI Probe
RMP leader K K Rema, widow of slain leader T P Chandrasekharan, on Wednesday rejected the Government plea to call off her indefinite fast in front of the Secretariat, saying that she would continue her fast due to the delay in ordering a CBI probe into the conspiracy behind TP murder.
“I will continue my indefinite fast,” said Rema, who had been on fast for the past three days and appeared to be weak.
Another RMP leader N Venu, after the RMP leadership meet, said that the party was rejecting the request put forward by the State Government.
“Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday requested RMP to withdraw the indefinite fast by Rema. But we are rejecting the offer as nothing else than ordering a CBI probe into the conspiracy behind the gruesome murder of T P Chandrasekharan is acceptable to us,” said Venu.
The Government had requested for a few more days’ time to hand over the case of conspiracy behind the TP murder case to the CBI.
Soon after the party decision, RMP workers took out a march in front of the Secretariat to protest against the government decision.
Though a favourable Cabinet decision for a CBI probe was widely expected, it didn’t materialise after legal opinion was reportedly given to the government that any hasty decision would boomerang on the government.
RMP leaders were invited for talks by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and apprised about the legal compulsions and foolproof measures which has to be taken to set ground for a CBI probe, for desired results.
Ramesh Chennithala told mediapersons that the government is not against any probe in the TP murder case. “We understand the pain of Rema. A complaint was lodged to me 22 days ago by Rema to probe the conspiracy case. As far as the government is concerned, all formalities have to be completed. A free and fair probe will be conducted to ensure justice. A special investigation team of the police has been constituted. Rema and RMP leaders should cooperate with the government,’’ he said.