Thiruvananthapuram: Leaders of Congress and the ruling UDF constituents in Kerala on Monday ruled out resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the wake of a vigilance court ordering a probe into his role in the 1992 palmolein oil import case.

Reacting to the order, Chandy said he had conveyed his stand on the development to the party high command.

"When my name came up earlier in connection with the case, I had conveyed my stand to the party high command. I have apprised the party central leadership of my views on today's development also," Chandy, who began his second stint as Chief Minister in May last, said.

As soon as the court order came, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, other party leaders and Kerala Congress (M) leader and Law minister K M Mani discussed the development.

Chennithala and Mani told reporters that there was no need for Chandy to quit as he had not been charged with any offence.

The leaders are also expected to discuss the legal fallout of the order with Advocate General and senior lawyers.

Reacting to the court order, CPI (M) veteran and Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan on Monday demanded Chandy's resignation."He has no option other than resigning," Achuthanandan said. 

The judge's order was as good as a verdict since it rejected the investigator's report that there was no evidence to include Chandy in the list of accused.

He recalled that Chandy was reported to have told the high command on the eve of the assembly polls that he would not accept any post if the legal process cast any shadow on him.

"I hope he will keep his word. Now it is up to him to take the decision. He has no option other than quitting", he said.

Rejecting the report filed by investigators in April last stating there was no need for further probe to add any more person to the list of the accused, the court ordered a probe to ascertain if Chandy had any role in the deal as the then Finance Minister in the Karunakaran government. Meanwhile, CPI-M politburo member and former Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan demanded that Chandy drop Vigilance from the "bouquet of portfolios" handled by him.

It would be grossly improper on his part to retain charge of Vigilance when he himself was facing an investigation by the same agency, Balakrishnan said.

He also said Chandy should be ready to disclose the content of the letter he wrote to party High Command immediately after his name figured in the case on the eve of the April 13 Assembly elections.

(Agencies)