Thiruvananthapuram: With CPI-M led Left Democratic Front demanding judicial probe into the charges of links between his office and a financial fraud accused, Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Friday informed the state Assembly that two members of the staff allegedly involved in the matter have been removed from their duties.
    
Putting pressure on Chandy over the issue, LDF members protested and moved to the well of the House and later walked out when their demand for judicial probe was rejected.
    
Replying to a submission on the issue by CPI-M Deputy Leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Chandy said gunman Salim Raj and Additional Personnel Assistant Tonny Joppan of Chief Minister's Office had been kept out of their duties on the basis of the interim report of the investigation by ADGP (Intelligence) TP Senkumar.
     
A detailed probe would be conducted by ADGP (South Zone) A Hemachandran, who was investigating the fraud case involving accused Saritha S Nair, Chandy said.
    
Balakrishnan said Chandy should resign and face a judicial probe in the light of new revelation by Government Chief Whip PC George that he had already informed Chief Minister about the alleged link between the woman involved in the fraud and his office staff.
     
Speaking in this context, Chandy said George informed him about the issue on June 4, a day after the woman involved in the case was arrested. "So it has no relevance," he added.
   
The allegation involving CM's office with Saritha S Nair came to fore after media reported the telephone calls made by the two staff members to the accused woman.
    
Saritha Nair was arrested for allegedly cheating people on the promise that she would secure them solar energy distribution agencies using her influence within and outside the state.
    
Later talking to reporters, State Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan rejected the LDF demand for judicial probe and said as it was a criminal case and investigation under the CRPC would only bring the truth.
    
"The government's intention is to bring the truth in this matter," he added.

(Agencies)

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