Thiruvananthapuram: The special prosecutor in the Palmoil import corruption case in Kerala stepped down on Thursday, saying he was not happy with the vigilance department's report in the case. P.A. Ahamed told reporters here he had no other option but to resign because he was not happy with the conclusion and observations made by the department. "I resign from the post," said Ahamed.
This comes after the vigilance department gave a clean chit last month to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after probing whether he had any role in the 1992 import of Palmoil when he was the finance minister. The 90-page report prepared by investigating officer V.N.Sasidharan was submitted to the Thrissur Vigilance Court which is looking into the case. The court takes up the case on Feb 27.
Reacting to the twist in the case, Chandy said the prosecutor was appointed by the previous V.S. Achuthanandan government last year. "We really wanted this prosecutor to continue and his resignation is not one which was sought by this government," said Chandy.
In October last year, a division bench of the Kerala High Court declared as null and void the observation made by a vigilance court in the capital against Chandy and asked the department to complete the re-investigation into the Palmoil import case in six weeks....more
04:22 PM, Feb 16, 2012