CPM never raised allegation against Lok Ayukta: Kodiyeri

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Thiruvananthapuram: CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan here on Friday dissociated the party from remarks raised by former minister KT Jaleel against Lok Ayukta. According to Kodiyeri, the remarks of Jaleel is from his personal purview and does not reflect CPM’s stand. He asserted that his party has never raised any allegation against Lok Ayukta.

“Jaleel has every right to express his opinion. However, it does not represent CPM’s opinion. LDF is an alliance of Left parties and other allied parties. Some people in the front might express different opinions. However, that might not be CPM’s stand. Jaleel is not a CPM member,” he pointed out.

Notably, Jaleel who was asked to resign by Lok Ayukta during end of last regime of LDF government has been in tussle with the anti-corruption institution. He recently took to social media and made sharp criticism against Lok Ayukta. Jaleel put up a post slamming Justice Cyriac Joseph on Facebook with the title ‘Venamenkil chakka verilum kaaykum’.

Meanwhile, commenting over CPI’s different stand on ordinance pushed by the LDF government for amending Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, 1999, Kodiyeri said that the matter will be deliberated and there are no unresolvable issues among the parties in the front. He pointed out that during the cabinet meeting over the ordinance no allies raised their objections.

Amid this, the Lok Ayukta has given a clean chit to Minister for Higher Education R Bindu over the alleged illegal involvement in Kannur Vice-Chancellor's reappointment. Lok Ayukta had ruled that the minister did not do anything wrong in 'proposing' the reappointment of Dr Gopinath Ravindran as the Kannur varsity VC.

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