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LDF walkout in assembly over case against Chandy's ex-gunman

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Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI-M-led LDF opposition staged a walkout in the Assembly Monday charging the UDF government with trying to sabotage two land grab cases involving a former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Rejecting Chandy's assertion that the government would not shield the wrong doers, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan led his colleagues out of the House.

The issue was raised during Zero Hour by former home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (CPI-M) and the House witnessed a heated debate for nearly 45 minutes between the opposition and treasury benches.

Balakrishnan alleged that Salim Raj, a former gunman of Chandy -- who was removed from his office in the backdrop of the solar scam-- was involved in attempts to grab vast stretches of land at Kadakampally in Thiruvananthapuram and Kalamassery in Ernakulam.

In both cases, he had misused his influence with the CM's office to appropriate land owned by others through illegal means, the CPI-M leader alleged.

Opposing LDF's demand for an adjournment on the issue, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash said necessary steps had been taken by the government in the matter and the case was now pending in the High Court.

Later, Chandy said the government had nothing to hide and no attempts were made to protect any offender. Investigations had been conducted and the matter was before the court, he added.

PTI

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