Supreme Court rejects a plea of former Kerala CM

Published on: 17 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala

On Monday Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea of former Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan in a graft case relating to import of palmolein oil in 1991 by then Congress-led state government and asked him to place relevant materials before the trial court.

While dismissing the plea of the veteran CPI(M) leader a bench of justices TS Thakur and Adarsh Kumar Goel said “We think the allegation that you (Achuthanandan) want to drag the case to get political mileage is not without any basis”.

The bench, however, said the leader could place all the relevant materials before the trial court which would consider them without being influenced by the observations made by the apex court in the case. Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Achuthanandan, said Congress leader Oommen Chandy was the state finance minister at the relevant time and he was not been named in the charge sheet and even fresh probe gave him the clean chit.

The bench said “Now a charge sheet has been filed excluding the then Finance Minister. We are not getting into the merits of the charge sheet. The trial court will certainly take action if any incriminating facts come before it. You can also point out to the court if something comes out,” 

The scam had taken place during the stint of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as the state finance minister. The case relates to import of palm oil at inflated price by Kerala government from a Malaysia-based company between October 4, 1991 and April 1992 causing a loss of Rs 2.33 crore to the state exchequer. 


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