Achuthanandan refuses to defend Vijayan

via PTI | Thiruvananthapuram - Daily Pioneer published on January 28, 2009




Breaking his silence
over the SNC-Lavalin corruption case in which CBI has sought to
prosecute CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief
Minister VS Achuthanandan on Wednesday did not defend his party
colleague, saying he would perform the constitutional duties entrusted
to him.

On the politically sensitive case a week after the CBI
approached the Kerala High Court seeking permission to arraign Vijayan,
also former power minister, as an accused, the CM said that he had
conveyed to party general secretary during his recent visit to Delhi
his opinion on the political situation in the State and the decision to
be taken.

While the Central and State leaderships put up a
staunch defence of Vijayan terming the CBI move as “politically
motivated” by the Congress ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls,
Achuthanandan declined to endorse the party line and said that the
matter was being examined.

“I am saying what a person is
supposed to say as per the Constitution. I will perform the duties
entrusted to me under the Constitution,” he added.

Achuthanandan,
who along with Vijayan was suspended from the party politburo for
openly airing differences last year, said that only the files seeking
sanction to prosecute former KSEB chairman K Mohanachandran and former
electricity joint secretary A Francis were before the cabinet and the
same were now being examined by the law department.

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