Communist Party of India (Marxist) Central Committee member E.P. Jayarajan has said that Congress leader K. Sudhakaran has no moral right to continue as an MP, alleging that the latter is facing charges in connection with an attempt to forcibly release 'goons' arrested by the police here on the polling day on April 16.

Mr. Jayarajan told reporters here on Sunday that the Town Police had registered a case against Mr. Sudhakaran for his alleged involvement in getting the 'hired goons' released from the police station. The MP was now on bail in the case, he added.

The CPI(M) leader also called for a detailed investigation into the alleged links of Mr. Sudhakaran with Omprakash, an accused in the Paul Muthoot murder case.

He said that there was a calculated attempt to attack the reputation of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Left Democratic Front (LDF) leaders. Character assassination attempts by the United Democratic Front leaders with the support of a section of the media were counter-productive, he said. Such attempts were not only immoral but also detrimental to the State's development.

He said that the State's law and order situation during the past three years had been widely acclaimed. The attack on the police and the CPI(M) in connection with the investigation into the Paul Muthoot murder case was part of a political agenda of the right-wing with the help of a section of the media. He said there was a 'grand alliance' between a group of media organisations and the right-wing parties.

Giving a clean chit to the police in the murder investigation, Mr. Jayarajan said that the Congress leadership in the State was trying to drag the CPI(M)'s name into the issue for propaganda. There were also attempts to denigrate CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and his family.