Chief Secretary’s article is his personal opinion, not government stance, says CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minsiter Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that it was not with government permission that Chief Secretary wrote an article in favour of police action in the Attappadi encounter. The article is his personal opinion and not the government stance. This will in no way affect the probe, CM said in the Assembly.
Chief Secretary Tom Jose had written an article in a national daily supporting the police actions in Attappadi encounter where four Maoists were shot and killed.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said during the zero hour that the article by Chief Secretary was inappropriate and demanded CM to respond on the matter.
Even though the issue was raised in the Assembly yesterday, CM had said that he had not read the article. When the same issue was raised today, CM said that Chief Secretary had not written the article with government permission and was his personal opinion.
“Chief Secretary had not taken permission from government to write the article. It was his personal opinion. It will not affect the ongoing Crime Branch probe,” CM said.
However, he didn’t respond when asked whether the CS requires such a permission. CM has not fully blamed the Chief Secretary. Also he has not said that it was government stance.