11 March 2009
Thiruvananthapuram: With Christian bodies and opposition parties in Kerala mounting protests over a short film, allegedly portraying the church in bad light, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Wednesday refuted allegations that the CD was promoted by the State Education department.
The CD had not been shown to students anywhere in the state and the allegation that it was promoted by the Education Department was untrue, Achuthanandan told reporters here after a cabinet meeting.
The teacher, A.P. Sasidharan, who was found guilty of lapses, had been suspended, he said, adding, action would also be taken against other officials responsible for it (lapses). Education Minister M A Baby had said on Monday that the film was not meant as a study aid and that it had made its way mistakenly into a CD while downloading.
He had said Education and Home departments would probe how the CD was distributed to a group of teachers in Thrissur district during their cluster meeting recently without proper verification or prior permission from authorities.
A teacher was suspended for allegedly distributing the CD. The Catholic Church in Kerala had come out strongly against the film titled the 'Wound' which it said was to 'malign' the Church.