Kerala official who defended Achuthanandan served notice

December 9th, 2008 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 9 (IANS) A Kerala official, who criticised Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s private secretary S. Rajendran for not helping out his boss, was Tuesday served a notice for violating service rules.In the show-cause notice, Kerala Chief Secretary P.J. Thomas has asked K. Suresh Kumar to respond in two weeks why action should not be taken against him for violating the 1968 All India Service Conduct Rules.

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

On Tuesday morning, Kumar met Achuthanandan at the latter’s official residence and spent 15 minutes with him.

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 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.

“Yes, it is true that chief minister used to get in touch with me and vice versa. What is wrong in that? Just because I no longer work in the office of the chief minister, it doesn’t mean that I cannot speak to him or vice versa. Achuthanandan on many occasions never got the help from his office,” Kumar had said.

The notice comes a day before the assembly resumes it session in which the opposition is expected to attack the government on this episode.

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