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MoS for Home,Kerala minister lock horns over murder probe

The probe into the murder of CPM rebel leader T P Chandrasekharan has repeatedly made Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran to lock horns with Kerala Home Minister

The probe into the murder of CPM rebel leader T P Chandrasekharan has repeatedly made Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran to lock horns with Kerala Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.

This time,Ramachandran has resorted to Facebook to attack Radhakrishnan for his response to a question in connection with the case in the assembly earlier this week.

While the Union minister has been emphasising that big sharks were involved in the rebel leader’s murder,the Kerala police had arrested only district or local level leaders. Chandrasekharan hailed from Ramachandran’s Vatakara constituency and it is a known fact that the latter won the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 from the Left bastion because of Chandrasekharan’s presence in the fray as a CPM rebel.

Responding to a query from CPM legislator Kodiyeri Balakrishnan,Radhakrishnan had told the assembly Tuesday that Ramachandran had given a list of party leaders to be arraigned as accused in the murder case. Reacting to the reply,Ramachandran posted in Facebook that the Kerala minister’s comment was preposterous and against all canons of parliamentary rules and procedures. “He must own up responsibility of it providing with evidence. The Kerala minister’s comment amounts to casting aspersions on a person who cannot come and defend himself on the floor of the assembly,” Ramachandran posted in the Facebook.

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Ramachandran has already taken up the matter with the Speakers of the Lok Sabha and Kerala assembly. He requested assembly speaker G Karthikeyan to expunge the remarks against him. Taking a dig at Radhakrishnan,the Union minister said a section of police officers in Kerala were working to topple the Chandy government.

To cushion the controversy,Radhakrishnan said he had depended on the statement of Ramachandran that big sharks were involved in the murder of Chandrasekharan. “I have never mentioned that the Union minister had furnished the list of the accused in the rebel CPM leader’s murder,” he said.

On the alleged police involvement in the bid to unseat Chandy,Radhakrishnan said Ramachandran should pass on such information,if any,to the state government.

On Friday in Kozhikode,Ramachandran sought to bury the issue,saying the controversy was closed as he was satisfied with Radhakrishnan’s explanation. However,he repeated that big sharks involved in the case were roaming free. “A probe into high level police conspiracy would reveal everything,” he said.