Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan accused the PMO of suppressing his letter which he wrote for seeking a CBI probe into "gross" irregularities in the operation of outside state lotteries.

Speaking to media persons here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said, "The letter written to the Prime Minister's Office has been lying suppressed for the last 67 days."

Achuthanandan said the allegation on his son V A Arun Kumar of intervening in the sabotage of the CBI probe into the lottery issue could also be brought under the ambit of such a probe.

On UDF's charge that his son had received money from sandalwood unit owners in 2003, he said if Opposition leader Oommen Chandy gave this in writing he was ready to order a probe by any agency or official of Chandy's choice.

Achuthanandan said his letter to the Prime Minister seeking a CBI probe was written more than two months back in accordance with the due procedures but it had been suppressed by the PMO without taking any action on it.

The 87-year-old CPI (M) veteran said he had asked his son to initiate legal steps on other personal allegations leveled against him by the UDF leaders.

Releasing copies of his letters to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said he had consistently fought against lottery mafia.

With the prevention of sale of Bhutan lotteries, the government had been able to arrest the flow of a huge sum to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore out of the state in the last eight months, he claimed.

Refuting the Home Minister’s contention that Achuthanandan had not followed the due procedure in seeking the CBI probe, he said it was not with the Union Home Minister that he took up this demand but with the Prime Minister.

What had been sought from Chidrambaram was a ban on sale of other-state lotteries as it had become clear they had been operating in violation of the Central Lottery Act, he said.

Achuthanandan further added that Chidambaram should reply as to why he failed to take action on Kerala's demand for a ban on the lotteries which plundered the poor people of the state.

He accused the Home Minister of "lying on the matter with the intention of helping the lottery mafia".

(Agencies)