Kerala bureaucrat suspended for criticising Achuthanandan’s office

December 10th, 2008 - 10:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 10 (IANS) Kerala bureaucrat K. Suresh Kumar, who criticised Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s private secretary S. Rajendran for not helping out his boss, was suspended from service Wednesday evening.”This decision was taken because he publicly aired baseless allegations against the office of the chief minister,” Achuthanandan told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting here.

Kumar was Tuesday served notice for violating service rules. A close confidant of Achuthanandan, Kumar was additional private secretary to the chief minister for 18 months. He was asked to leave the office last year after controversy broke out over the manner in which he went around demolishing illegal constructions in the hill station of Munnar in May 2007.

Kumar ran into trouble after he reacted against Rajendran’s remarks at a state committee meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday.

Rajendran said Achuthanandan was surrounded by a coterie that dictated his every action. Though he did not name Kumar, it was obvious Rajendran’s remark was aimed at Kumar as a key person in Achuthanandan’s “coterie”.

Kumar, managing director of the State Agricultural Cooperative Bank, said in a media interview Sunday that Rajendran never helped Achuthanandan and instead delayed action on crucial files.

Kumar is the second official close to Achuthanandan to be booted out.

K.M. Shahjahan, another close aide of Achuthanandan, was thrown out of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in 2006, for his alleged role in aggravating the factional feud in the party.

He was private secretary to Achuthanandan when he was Leader of Opposition from 2001-06.

Asked why his close aides were being suspended or dismissed, the chief minister said that he gave his staff ample freedom to work, but they ended up misusing their freedom.

He also said that Rajendran and his political secretary had not made any remarks against him at the party meet.

“They said they never made any such statements. Maybe the CPI-M party secretary would have issued a release to this effect,” the chief minister said.

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