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Govt likely to challenge HC remarks on CM’s office

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State government is likely to challenge the remarks made by the High Court on the office of the Chief Minister regarding the land grab case, involving Salim Raj.

Sources said the government has sought a report from the Advocate General on the matter and a decision on whether to file an appeal or revision petition will be taken after getting the report.

In strong remarks against the office of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the High Court on Friday had held that authorities at the helm of affairs in the state have not been "prudent and responsible" in appointing personal staff with integrity and character.

"The Chief Minister's office should be a model institution serving the people of the State", Justice Harun-Ul-Rashid said, ordering a fresh CBI probe in two land grabbing cases against Salim Raj, former gunman of the CM.

The court also had said the Chief Minister was duty bound to explain to the people why there was a serious lapse on his part that he did not apply his mind when selecting his personal staff.

Chief Minister Ommen Chandy had welcomed the High Court judgment in the case, saying that the government had nothing to hide in the issue.

"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.

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