Probe Achuthanandan's Claims on Lavalin Case: Cong
Congress in Kerala today said the disclosure by CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan on the SNC Lavalin graft case should be considered seriously and probed by an "efficient" agency.

"The revelation by Achuthanandan should be probed by an efficient agency...," KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

In an interview to a Malayalam TV channel, Achuthanandan had alleged he was dropped from CPI(M) politburo a few years back for speaking the truth about a corruption case in which party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan was facing an inquiry.

The veteran leader said he had told the politburo that he could only stand by the truth and not by the party's official line as it was a fabricated case.

Achuthanandan was referring to his removal from CPI(M)'s apex body when he was Chief Minister in the context of charges brought against Vijayan pertaining to a contract awarded to Canadian company SNC Lavalin to renovate three power stations in Kerala, when the latter was electricity minister in 1997.

"How could Vijayan become an accused in the case if there was nothing irregular in the case...The contention in the CBI report that he has not made any monetary advantage is supported only by the statement of a witness," he had said in the programme.

Later, speaking at the 'Gandhi memorial day' function at Vellikkoth at nearby Kanhangad,Chennithala said CPI(M) leaders should realise their party was moving on the wrong path.

Since 2004, the CPI(M) had been facing reverses because it was moving on the wrong path, he said.

Congress workers might face challenges from various quarters as they follow the path shown by Gandhi, he said.

Chennithala addressed the workers from a damaged stage, which was partially burnt by miscreants early today.
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