: Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has come out against the statements made by M.M. Mani, former Idukki district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) at a party meeting at Orkkatteri in the district recently.

Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Mr. Achuthanandan said the comments made by Mr. Mani were “inopportune.” His statements did not toe the party line, the veteran CPI(M) leader said.

Earlier this week, Mr. Mani had stated that the violence at Onchiyam as elsewhere in the State was part of the resistance of the party. The party had been forced to employ violence to tackle its rivalries.

Regarding the ice-cream parlour sex scandal case, Mr. Achuthanandan said he would proceed with the case after scrutinising the documents, including statement of witnesses and victims. “Possibly, I would have to approach the High Court of Kerala and Supreme Court in this regard,” he said.

He accused the State government of attempting to save Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien in the Suryanelli sex scandal case. The victim had stuck to what she had told the investigators earlier. But the government was reluctant to order a fresh investigation into the role of Prof. Kurien in the case. Even the mother of the girl had written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi,” he said.

‘Misinterpreted’

Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] district unit secretary T.P. Ramakrishnan has alleged attempts to misinterpret what party State committee member M.M. Mani said on Wednesday during a speech at Orkatteri in Kozhikode.

“These attempts are part of an ongoing campaign to malign the CPI(M) and Mr. Mani,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said in a statement here.

He said no reference was made by Mr. Mani to the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case in his speech, though a section of media had tried to create such an impression.

“The case is in its trial stage.”

“The CPI(M) does not want to make any comments on the case at this stage. All who heard Mr. Mani’s speech are convinced he did not make any reference to the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case,” he said.

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