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V M Sudheeran upset over govt’s pro-Salim Raj stand

V M Sudheeran upset over govt’s pro-Salim Raj stand

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Congress leader V M Sudheeran has expressed disappointment over the UDF government’s stand in the High Court in favour of former gunman of chief minister Oommen Chandy, Salim Raj, an accused in the solar scam case.

Talking to the media here, Sudheeran on Wednesday said that he had conveyed his displeasure over the government approach in the case to the Congress leadership.

“I don’t think certain things happening in the party are right. I have expressed my displeasure over them in the party platform,” Sudheeran said adding he did not want to worsen the already-exacerbated political scenario in the state going public with his opinion.

The UDF government had taken a stand in favour of Salim Raj in the High Court on Tuesday. It had opposed the impleadment of telephone service providers in a case relating to the seizure of telephone records of Salim Raj.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice K Vinodchandran, had on August 6 stayed the single judge's order of seizure of telephone records of Salim Raj.

The single judge had issued an interim order on two petitions seeking an investigation by a special team or the CBI into two land deal cases in which Salim Raj is allegedly involved. The order was challenged by the state government on an appeal.

When the matter came up, one of the respondents Premchand R Nair filed an appeal seeking to implead the mobile service providers.

Advocate General, K P Dandapani opposed the petition, which was posted by the bench to next week.

Earlier, one of the reasons for staying the seizure order was the non-impleading of service providers.

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