Mr. Thiruvanchoor says former Home Minister was trying to protect the accused in solar scam
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has accused former Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan of showing undue interest in protecting the accused in the solar scam.
Mr.Radhakrishnan told reporters here on Wednesday that the former LDF government did not make any move to arrest the accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Sarita Nair though they were in the State.
He challenged Mr. Balakrishnan’s statement that the accused had left the State during the LDF’s tenure and returned when the UDF came to power. Mr. Balakrishnan’s vigorous argument for the accused and the bid to protect them sounded strange. On quizzing the accused, if the truth got exposed, it would be an embarrassment for the Opposition and, hence, there was an attempt to block the probe.
The government had given absolute freedom and would not fix an agenda for the special investigation team. All issues pertaining to the scam, including an alleged intelligence lapse in permitting the accused to meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would be investigated.
Reacting to Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan’s statement against him, Mr. Radhakrishnan said he had given a letter to Speaker G.Karthikeyan to examine his speech as well as the speeches of Opposition members on the floor of the House on Wednesday. If he had committed any lapse or made any “unparliamentary” statement, it should be detected. It was unfortunate that a senior leader such as Mr.Achuthanandan was making such derogatory public statements which did not match the culture of the State.
Earlier too he had made similar statements against his political foes. He was setting a bad precedent and example to the new entrants to the Assembly.
Mr.Radhakrishnan said he had never made any unsavoury comment. On the remarks of government Chief Whip P.C. George against Mr. Chandy, Mr.Radhakrishnan said the former was outspoken but had corrected himself and apologised in the Assembly.
Mr. George himself would set the record straight on the issue, he said.