The district secretariat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has denied allegations by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and others against it on the scams in Malabar Cements Limited (MCL) and the death of the former company secretary V. Sasheendran.

A statement here on Wednesday said that the BJP and the Socialist Janata (Democratic) were trying to defame the CPI(M) to destroy its base in Palakkad district.

It said CPI(M) district secretary P. Unni became the director of MCL in 2006. During this period, the company made a profit of Rs.175 crore. This was because the government did not allow any corruption to take place in MCL.

But during the tenure of the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government from 2001-06, the company was run by nominees of the Indian Union Muslim League and the Congress in close association with contractor V.M. Radhakrishnan.

It was the CPI(M) that had demanded a comprehensive inquiry into the scams in MCL and the death of Sasheendran, the statement said.

Meanwhile, State president of the BJP V. Muraleedharan demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the scams in MCL and the alleged murder of Sasheendran and his two minor sons on January 24. At a press conference here on Tuesday, he said though the wife and family members of Sasheendran in their written statements to the Chief Minister and the police had said that Sasheendran was threatened many times by Mr. Radhkrishnan, the police had not arrested or interrogated him.

He alleged that the Home Department was preventing the arrest to help him leave the country. The police from the very beginning were trying to make it a case of suicide. Though the police had filed an FIR last week, no steps had been taken to interrogate the three accused and arrest them.