VS to challenge Palmolein case withdrawal

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014,19:27 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Kerala opposition leader V.S. Achutanandan will make a submission before the Kerala high court tomorrow in the palmolein import case. The government has recently decided to withdraw the vigilance case in which the state Chief minister is one among the accused. Achuthanandan’s submission is to challenge this decision and to seek a directive from the court to continue with the vigilance case.
The palmolein case has a history of more than 20 years and former Chief minister K Karunakaran was the prime accused in the infamous curruption scandal. Then Finance minister and the present CM Oommen chandy was later included as an accused. The case against Oommen Chandy was that he had a clear knowledge about the deal that cost the state exchequer.
State vigilance found that Oommen Chandy as finance minister also was a signatory in the cabinet note that suggested the import deal. VS had a setback earlier in the case when his plea for a thorough probe was turned down by the High court. The state cabinet’s decision to withdraw the case in Thrissur vigilance court came subsequent to this. The plea by VS is likely to be taken up for hearing on Thursday.