THRISSUR: Senior Congress leader K K Ramachandran Master, who had come out openly against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala’s decision to set up a pollution control unit worth `256.01 crore at Travancore Titanium Products Limited in 2006, is now silent. When contacted for his comments on the Special Vigilance court’s order to reinvestigate the alleged corruption behind the setting up of the unit Master told ‘Express’ that he would talk about it later and doesn’t wish to say anything at present.
At a press meet held in Thiruvananthapuram on March 29, 2011 Master had alleged that he had been under tremendous pressure from the higher ups to approve the controversial `256.01 crore project to be set up at TTPL. He had been the minister in-charge of State Pollution Control Board. “As I came across reports of possible corruption in the `256 crore project, I expressed reluctance in approving it,” Master had said at the press meet.
Meanwhile, S Chandrashekaran Nair, who appeared for the complainant at the Special Vigilance Court said that the court did not order a re-probe involving CM and KPCC president by taking into consideration the statement made by the Master in 2011. The court’s order comes after examination of documents pertaining to the decision taken by the Bureau of Public Enterprise Board, under GAD to approve the `256.01 crore project in 2006.