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Shocker for CPM: VS says Madani probe will go on

Shocker for CPM: VS says Madani probe will go on

Author: VR Jayaraj
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: March 26, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/165178/Shocker-for-CPM-VS-says-Madani-probe-will-go-on.html

Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan gave a shock to the CPI(M) leadership on Wednesday by stating that the probe against PDP chief Abdul Nasser Madani would continue despite the refusal of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, a Politburo member, to carry out any such investigation.

"The Home Minister had ruled out any probe into the allegations against Madani as they were old charges. But I have not ended my efforts there. An investigation should be made into the matters pertaining to Madani as appeared in newspapers," Achuthanandan told mediapersons here on Wednesday.

At Kochi, Madani welcomed Achuthanandan's statement about continuing the probe against him. He said he was ready to face any kind of investigation. He also apologised for a derogatory statement his deputy Poonthura Siraj had made against RSP general secretary TJ Chandrachoodan.

Replying to questions after his weekly Cabinet briefing in Thiruvananthapuram, the CM said a more through investigation was necessary to reach a conclusion in the wake of reports about Madani's alleged terror links. "The reports in this regard cannot be approved or rejected without proper examination," he said.

Observers said that the CM's statement was an open expression of the objection that a section in the CPI(M) had to the official leadership's poll pact with Madani.

Achuthanandan referred to reports about Yusuf alias Mani, who had helped Madani while he was lodged in a prison at Coimbatore and later converted to Islam, having worked in the purdah shop run by Sufiya, Madani's wife. He said all such aspects had to be investigated.

The anti-terror squad, formed to probe the terrorist links of Keralites in the wake of the killing of four Malayalee militants in Kashmir, was continuing its work and more details of such reports could be collected only after questioning the people arrested by the Karnataka Police.

Achuthanandan said that the PDP had the right to claim that Madani was not guilty since the court had acquitted him. But they should use this time to convince the people that they had abandoned their fundamental approach.

Achuthanandan condemned PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj for making a derogatory remark against RSP leader at an election convention in Attingal, Thiruvananthapu-ram, in the presence of Pinarayi Vijayan.

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