Friday, March 27, 2009

Probe against Madani still on: VS

27 March 2009
Thiruvananthapuram: Hesitating to give a ''clean chit'' to People's Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Abdul Nasser Madani, Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Wednesday made it clear that probe against him was going on. Replying to questions after his weekly Cabinet briefing, he said more investigation was necessary to reach a conclusion in the wake of media reports about Madani's terror links. ''The media reports in this regard cannot be approved or rejected,'' he added.

There are reports that one Mani, who had helped Madani in the Coimbatore jail and later converted to Islam, had worked in the textile shop run by Mrs Madani, he said and added that should be investigated.

Achuthanandan said the anti-terrorist squad, constituted especially to probe the terrorist links of Keralites in the wake of Kashmir incident, was continuing its work and more details in this regard could be collected only after questioning the people arrested by Karnataka police.

Though Madani was arrested and lodged in Coimbatore jail in connection with the blast in Coimbatore targeting BJP leader L.K. Advani, he was later acquitted in the case. However, it was the duty of the PDP to convince the people that they had abandoned their fundamental approach and now working for secularism.

Condemning PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj's statements against RSP All India Secretary T.J. Chandachoodan, he said ''Mr Siraj should not make such remarks against the leader of a National Party. ''Since the PDP had a ''bad past'', the party should take efforts to convince the people that they had changed its fundamental stand,'' he said and added, ''Mr Madani had to prove himself that he had given up the fundamental approach after he was acquitted from the Coimbatore blast case. "

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