Unravel mystery over probe: Chandy

Staff Reporter

Says Government can still institute a CBI inquiry

KOTAYAM: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has called upon Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to come out in the open about the mystery surrounding his Government's decision to annul an earlier order seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the SNC Lavalin issue.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said that though the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government was fully within its prerogative to cancel the earlier decision made by the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) Government on the issue, many questions remained unanswered. ``First, the Advocate General says, even without a Cabinet decision to that effect, that the Government has decided not to continue with the earlier decision; the Chief Minister contests this claim and says that his personal opinion on the issue would be made public at a later stage; a Cabinet which met later decides to annul the earlier UDF Government's decision seeking CBI inquiry into the issue.'' The people have the right to know what made the Government to move away from adhering to the procedural formalities and ensuring transparency in decision-making.

Alleging that the general impression, created on account of lack of transparency in the matter, is that `somebody in the LDF has something to hide' in the SNC Lavalin issue, the Opposition leader said it is still possible for the Government to institute a CBI inquiry if it is not scared of such an inquiry.

The Opposition will decide its future course of action after watching what the Government was going to do on the issue.