To go to court if police officers in spy case not proceeded against

K. Muraleedharan, Congress legislator, said on Monday that he would seek legal recourse to clear the name of his father, the former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, in the so-called ISRO espionage case in view of the State government’s decision not to take disciplinary action against three police officers who investigated the false case.

At a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram, Mr. Muraleedharan pointed out that he had, in a letter to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, expressed strong resentment at the decision not to follow the recommendation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take action against the three officers, one of whom was currently the Chief Information Commissioner.

“The Chief Minister has not so far responded to the letter (dated October 8). I would like to know whether my contentions have been accepted or rejected. If rejected, I would seek legal recourse,” he said.

He, as a responsible Congress worker, was, however, willing to give up his demand if the Chief Minister and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala convinced him that exposing the conspiracy behind the case would be harmful to party or the government.

False case

He said Karunakaran was the ultimate loser in the case, and the world should come to know that his father was removed from office on the basis of a false case. He wondered why those who demanded CBI investigations at the drop of a hat should now be reluctant to take action against police officers who were accused of gross misconduct in investigating the case.

He clarified that he had not made a demand for reinvestigation of the case, but rather asked for a probe against those who were participants in the conspiracy. He felt the Chief Minister should have consulted him prior to taking a decision to close a file related to his father.