Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: Congres spokesman M.M. Hassan has demanded removal of the Advocate General (AG) from the post for having filed an affidavit in the High Court in the SNC-Lavalin case without the approval of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan.

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Hassan said the Advocate General should be removed for filing the affidavit stating that the CBI was not interested in investigating the case since an impression gained ground that it was done without the knowledge of the Chief Minister. Mr. Hassan said since Mr. Achuthanandan and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat were on record as having said their party would welcome any inquiry into the case, there was strong reason to suspect the Advocate General had acted without the knowledge of the Chief Minister.

CPI(M) State secretary Pinarai Vijayan besides Mr Achuthanandan also had to make public their views on what the Advocate General had stated in the affidavit.

He said the Advocate General's action lent credence to the statement by KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala that a Minister in the LDF Government had misled the CBI into taking the decision not to conduct the inquiry.