Opposition wants Chandy to quit
over Palmolein case

TRIVANDRUM — The second session of the 13th Kerala Assembly began on Monday on a stormy note with the opposition stalling the proceedings over the issue of a vigilance judge recusing himself from hearing the Palmolein case.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Wed 28 Sep 2011, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:00 AM

Accusing the government of smoking out judge P K Haneefa, the Communist Party of India-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) opposition demanded resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and removal of government chief whip P C George, who petitioned the President against the judge.

Leader of opposition V S Achuthanandan alleged that Chandy had tried to manipulate the judicial process using George. He said George had challenged the vigilance court verdict ordering a reinvestigation into the role of Chandy in the case as part of a government strategy to save the latter.

The opposition members had come to the house with placards demanding dismissal of the chief whip. They were on their feet when Speaker rejected the notice given by deputy leader of opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for an adjournment motion on the issue.

Replying to the notice, the Chief Minister said that the government had never tried to intervene in the judicial process. He said neither he nor anybody from the government had questioned the vigilance court verdict.


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