Thiruvananthapuram: Welcoming the High Court judgment in the Salim Raj case, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Friday has said the State government has nothing to hide in the issue.
"I welcome the high court's decision to hand this case to the CBI. When the case came up in the high court, we first orally asked for a CBI probe and later gave an affidavit asking for a CBI probe into this case," Mr. Chandy told reporters.
"We have taken a stand that whenever there is a demand for a CBI probe, we have agreed for it," the Chief Minister said.
"I am surprised that a person like Vijayan, who in the SNC Lavalin case, caused a loss of Rs.374 crore to the state exchequer, brought high-profile lawyers from Delhi to see that the case is not handed over to the CBI," Mr. Chandy said.
"In this land case, I am not going to the court asking to cancel the CBI probe. Instead, I have welcomed the probe. My conscience is clear and I have done no wrong and have nothing to fear," he said.