Special Correspondent

`Never heard of entrusting the pilot car to a taxi driver'

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran on Thursday demanded an impartial probe, preferably a judicial inquiry or by the Chief Secretary, into the security lapse during the Prime Minister's visit. Mr. Karunakaran also blamed Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for the lapse as he should have been present in the State during VVIP visits.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Karunakaran said the entire blame should be put on the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence). The Government had instead entrusted him with the inquiry directing him to submit his report within 24 hours. The issue would not go away if the attempt was to brush everything under the carpet after getting the ADGP's report, he said.

The veteran leader took strong exception to the way he was ignored on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the formation of Kerala. He criticised the way the pass for the function had been delivered at the DIC(K) office, as if no one knew his residential address.