Manjakkandi Maoist encounter: CPI slams Chief Secretary’s article
Thiruvananthapuram: Communist Party of India (CPI) has come out against Kerala Chief Secretary (CS) Tom Jose, who wrote an article in a national daily justifying the killing of Maoists in an encounter.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said that the Chief Secretary’s action amounted to contempt of court. He asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to check if Tom Jose wrote the article with the permission of the government. The CPI leader also said that it was wrong for the CS to express his opinion when the case was under the consideration of the court.
“Tom Jose should have noted CM’s answer to a query regarding the matter in the Assembly the other day. The CM said he was not divulging the details as a magisterial enquiry was going on. But when looking at the CS’s article from that point of view, it amounts to contempt of SC and HC orders,” he said.
Meanwhile, CPI assistant secretary Prakash Babu said that the CS does not have the authority to take actions overruling the government. He added that writing an article justifying the killing of Maoists was illegal.
“The Chief Secretary should not have written such an article when the Assembly was in session. It is legally wrong. Not only the CS, none of the government officials should air such opinions,” he added.
“There is nothing wrong if the cabinet had asked the CS to write such an article. But as long as it is not approved by the cabinet, the CS’s actions are wrong and illegal. The CS has no right to do so,” he added.