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Kerala suspends Information Commissioner

Posted on Nov 12, 06:46PM | UNI

The Kerala Government today suspended State Information Commissioner K Natarajan for allegedly intervening in a land gift case involving Communist Party of India (Marxist) stalwart and Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly V S Achuthanandan.

Official sources said here that Governor H R Bharadwaj, after consulting with legal experts, signed the suspension orders on the basis of a report submitted by the state government in this regard.

The government also recommended further investigation into the role in the supervision of the Supreme Court as the apex court's sanction was required to remove him from the post.

An inquiry was conducted by ADGP R Sreelekha following a complaint from a vigilance official that Mr Natarajan had allegedly telephoned and asked him to spare Mr Achuthanandan from being made the first accused in the case relating to the alleged violation of norms while alloting of land to one Mr T K Soman, an ex-serviceman and his close relative, when he was the Chief Minister.

The vigilance DYSP V G Kunhan, who is investigating the case, lodged a complaint with the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau along with the audio tape of the mobile phone conversation Mr Natarajan had with him. In the tape, Mr Natarajan was heard persuading Mr Kunhan to see that Mr Achuthanandan was not included in the list of accused in the case.