Setting up of probe team fails to mollify opposition

Published: 06th July 2012 12:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2012 12:00 PM   |  A+A-

The disclosures of Prasanth Babu, former aide of Kannur MP K Sudhakaran, came in handy for the Opposition on Thursday to corner the government.

However, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan stood ground and the Speaker disallowed an adjournment motion, for which notice was given by Deputy Opposition leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and floor leaders of other Opposition parties.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan led a walkout to protest against the decision of the Speaker to go by the stance of the ruling front.

Though the government announced the replacement of the probe team dealing with the disclosures on the alleged role of K Sudhakaran in acts of violence in Kannur district in the past including the abortive attempt on the life of CPM leader and MLA E P Jayarajan, the Opposition remained unsatisfied.

The probe team, which is currently headed by IG S Gopinath, has been replaced with a team headed by Southern Range IG Sheikh Darvesh Saheb.

The Chief Minister maintained that the case against K Sudhakaran was quite different from the “many recent disclosures’’, in an apparent reference to M M Mani’s ‘disclosures’.

Also, a writ petition is already pending against the MP in the Supreme Court.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that the issue of registering a case against Sudhakaran or Prasanth Babu would come up only after a proper probe.

“The practice of political parties giving the list of accused will not be there anymore,’’ he said.

“The disclosures of Prasanth Babu cannot be considered as a confession statement,’’he maintained.


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