M M Mani, K Krishnankutty | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Former Minister for Electricity, M M Mani, has responded to the allegation raised by the chairman of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), Dr B Ashok, about serious irregularities in the company during the first term of the Left government. Ashok had alleged that there were financial discrepancies and major misuse of power during the first term of the Pinarayi government.
Mani questioned the basis on which the chairman raised the allegations. He asked whether the current minister K Krishnankutty was aware of such an allegation. Mani also said that it must be checked whether the words are actually coming out from the mouth of the chairman or the minister.
Mani said that further responses will be given after discussing with the Chief Minister. He added that a statement will be given at the right time after contemplating the matter. ‘I served as the minister for four and a half years during the last term of this government. The people who have researched about this state will point out that those four a half years were the golden years of of the Electricity board,’ he said.
KSEB chairman penned a note on Facebook over the rising protests by Left organisations against the management's decision to hand over the security of the KSEB headquarters building to the State Industrial Security Force (SISF). He also pointed out that the last salary revision was without permission from the government and that the IG has pointed out this matter.
Meanwhile, minister K Krishnankutty spoke to the chairman. He said that the chairman was mentioning certain things that took place without the knowledge of the board. The minister denied all other allegations.
He added that the chairman's Facebook post and the reasons behind posting such a note will be looked into.