KOZHIKODE: BJP state president V Muraleedharan has urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to make it clear why he has not taken any decision on the demands of a CBI probe by KPCC chief V M Sudheeran and IUML state general secretary K P A Majeed into the Malabar Cements graft charges.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Muraleedharan alleged that a proposal for CBI probe, mooted by the then Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, was sabotaged as per the interests of the Chief Minister. Muraleedharan demanded a comprehensive probe to look into the activities of Malabar Cements during the last 15 years in order to unearth the mystery behind the death of its former company secretary, V Saseendran. “The CBI probe should not be limited to the corruption charges against former Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem. A comprehensive inquiry is necessary into the matter. All the public enterprises in the state are being controlled by a group of contractors. In the Saseendran case, murder charges should be slapped against controversial businessman V M Radhakrishnan instead of only abetment of suicide levelled against him,” added Muraleedharan.
He added that V Sanal Kumar, brother of deceased V Saseendran, had alleged that his brother was murdered as he refused to cooperate with the corrupt practices in the company. Sanal also demanded a comprehensive inquiry but the government hesitated to take any action, Muraleedharan added.
The BJP leader pointed out that there was no breakthrough yet in the probe against Kareem in the alleged Chakkittappara mining case also. “This shows the adjustments between both the fronts. A group of leaders in the ruling front, UDF, has vested interests to protect the corrupt leaders in the Left Front,” he alleged.
The BJP has decided to launch strong agitations if the state government does not take action to probe the corruption charges.
On May 26, the party will conduct a campaign which compares the one year of Narendra Modi’s regime at the Centre and the corrupt four years’ tenure of Oommen Chandy.