Monday, October 03, 2011

Govt Chief Whip demands judicial probe into ’conspiracy

Thiruvananthapuram: Government Chief Whip P C George Wednesday demanded a judicial probe into the roles of Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan, former minister Thomas Isaac and CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in the 1992 palmolein case,ordered re-investigation by a Special vigilance Judge here on complaints against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. 

"I only want to fight for civil society's right to justice and keep the prestige of the judiciary,"George, who courted controversy over his letter to the President and Chief Justice against Vigilance judge P K Haneefa, told reporters here. 

The three CPM leaders had alleged that Chandy, who was Finance Minister in the K Karunakaran cabinet was also involved in the case. George claimed his action in writing the letters was not unconstitutional.

"I have used the right to criticise the judiciary as a citizen and not as Chief Whip or member of the assembly," he said. He said the move against Chandy was an attempt to tarnish the image of a 'just' leader. George denied the allegation that his complaint would put pressure on a judge."I followed Supreme Court judgements while filing the complaint and am prepared to face any proceedings from the Judiciary," George said.

Chandy and the ruling UDF combine had distanced themselves from a complaint by George against the Special Vigilance Judge hearing the 1992 palmolein import case. George in his letter had stated the Court hearing the case had no inherent jurisdiction to order reinvestigation as there was no pending petition on Aug 8 when it ordered a re-probe. The only intention was to make Chandy, the then Finance Minister, an accused in the case, he said in the complaint sent on September 6, he had said.

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