Party report puts VS in the dock again

Days after the CPM central committee delayed a decision on expulsion of three aides of Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, the party state committee on Thursday charged him with meeting Supreme Court judges with the help of a middleman in an attempt to implicate his rival Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin corruption case.

The charge against Achuthanandan was based on the findings of central committee member P Karunakaran, who probed a complaint in this regard from S Rajendran, who was Achuthanandan's private secretary during his term as the chief minister. The report, which was placed in the state committee, was left for the consideration of the central committee.

The report said a controversial middleman, T G Nandakumar, used to frequently visit Achuthanandan in Delhi when he was the CM. It alleged that with the help of Nandakumar, Achuthanandan had met three SC judges and former Union home minister Shivraj Patil in connection with the probe into the Lavalin case.

Denying the charges, Achuthanandan said the people would rubbish the report, which, he claimed, had been withdrawn earlier at the behest of party general secretary Prakash Karat. Achuthanandan said there was no truth in the report and it would not stand scrutiny.

Nandakumar claimed it was Vijayan who had sought his help in the Lavalin case. "VS had not approached me in the SNC Lavalin case,'' he said.

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