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Ready to face any probe, says Thiruvanchoor

Ready to face any probe, says Thiruvanchoor

Thiruvananthapuram: Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said he is ready to face any probe over the controversy of his son Arjun Radhakrishnan’s business links with entrepreneur Abhilash Muraleedharan, a strong adherent of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

“I know Abhilash Muraleedharan for the past 12 years. I never said I didn’t know him,” Thiruvanchoor told reporters here on Sunday.

"I am deeply upset by the manner in which my son's picture was put out in a section of the media. He studied well, and went abroad for higher studies. Now he runs a consultancy business. Please tell me what is wrong if he uses his knowledge to make a living? Muraleedharan's company is not black-listed. We are prepared for any probe," the Home Minister said.

Meanwhile, Chief Whip P.C George said he had records to show that Muraleedharan was a regular visitor at the Home Minister's Kottayam home.

"Why is the Minister losing his cool? He has even said that I speak under intoxication, though I am one who uses no liquor at all," George told the media in response to the Home Minister's statements.

With a new twist in the developments, CPI-M mouthpiece ‘Deshabhimani’ on Saturday published a report revealing the association of the Home Minister’s son with Abhilash.

According to the report, Arjun is the director of Palm Infra Tech, a real estate company, and Techno Meet, an IT company, both owned by Abhilash and based in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He was given the director post on July 1, 2011.

The report says that Arjun was appointed the director after Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan was made the Home Minister of the State.

As per the report, the Palm group is indulged in a wide range of business ventures including real-estate, solar energy, packaged drinking-water, and mining.

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