VS Achuthanandan to appeal against court order in Oommen Chandy's defamation case


Thiruvananthapuram: Former chief minister VS Achuthanandan on Wednesday said that he will appeal against the court order on the defamation case filed by Oommen Chandy.

In a Facebook post, Achuthanandan said the lower courts may not always provide justice in such cases.

A court here had directed the veteran CPM leader to pay damages of Rs 10.10 lakh to Chandy for loss of reputation. Chandy had filed a case alleging defamatory comments by Achuthananadan in an interview with a Malayalam news channel in 2013 in connection with the solar scam.

Chandy was the Kerala Chief Minister and Achuthanandan the Leader of opposition in the State Assembly when the incident was reported. In its order, Principal Sub Judge, Thiruvananthapuram, Shibu Daniel found that Achuthanandan's remarks had lowered the reputation of Chandy in society and ordered the Marxist leader to pay damages of Rs 10,10,000 to him.

Achuthanandan had alleged that Chandy had a role in the solar scam. He had alleged that Chandy had formed a company with an intention to swindle money by joining hands with the scamsters.'

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