Thrissur: Former employees of the now-defunct Malayalam newspaper Express have threatened legal action against BJP leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who is on a warpath with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi over the National Herald case.
The ex-staff of the newspaper alleged that Dr. Swamy, who was the chairman of the Thrissur based Express Malayalam Pvt Ltd, had not done anything to redress their grievances after the closure of the newspaper.
They, at a press conference here, said the management had withheld the gratuity to the retired employees and stopped the provident fund and the ESI contribution to the authorities concerned. Three former staff had committed suicide owing to this issue.
They also alleged Dr.Swamy had indulged in the financial irregularity in the functioning of the newspaper that led the company to a huge financial loss.
Express Malayalam Pvt Ltd was shut down in 1999 without citing any reason. The company had at least 165 permanent employees at the time of the closure. The newspaper had restarted its publication in 2000 following the protests of the employees. However, it was again closed down later.
The Kerala Newspaper Employees Federation (KNEF) has asked Dr. Swamy to address the grievances of the former employees of the newspaper. KNEF Thrissur district president E.Sasikumar, KNEF Express unit former secretary P.Ajithkumar, journalist K.N Balagopal were present at the press meet.