TAMIL NADU

MLA's case referred to panel

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM OCT. 5. The newly-constituted KPCC Disciplinary Action Committee, headed by its former president, C.V. Padmarajan, would handle the party action against the Congress MLA, Shobhana George, now under investigation for her alleged involvement in the forged document case. But the KPCC has taken a tough stand against her by banning her from attending party functions, including legislature party meetings, till the disciplinary panel gives its recommendations.

The KPCC president, K. Muraleedharan, said at a press conference here today that the decision on Ms. George was taken after detailed discussions with the senior leader, K. Karunakaran, and the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony. The committee has been asked to submit its report to the KPCC president, who would take the appropriate decision.

Asked why the party was discriminatory in its disciplinary action against others in the dock regarding party discipline, Mr. Muraleedharan said Ms. George's case was entirely different as it pertained to allegations about her involvement in a fake document case. She was arrested on the basis of an unbailable warrant. Besides, the charges related to forging a document against one's own party colleague. It should be viewed in the context of the unhealthy trend of public men indulging in such kind of activities.

The party had not shown any discrimination in relation to action against Padmaja Venugopal and T.H. Mustapha, he said adding that they had time till October 15 to give their replies. The executive also ratified the proposal to withdraw the suspension notice served on Lino Jacob, who had raised certain charges against the Tourism Minister, K. V. Thomas.

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