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Health minister in the line of fire

It was alleged that she had visited the girl to cover up her alleged association with the son of a senior leader, reports Ramesh Babu.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2007 04:46 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times

The Kiliroor sex scandal in 2004 in which a 17-year-old victim died at the Kottayam Medical College after giving birth to a baby girl has returned to haunt the Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan.

Then the Leader of Opposition, Achuthanandan, after meeting the victim at the hospital, told media persons that the hospital superintendent had told him the condition of the girl worsened only after the visit of a ‘VIP’. He had then vowed to handcuff all high profile persons involved in the sex scandal.

Now, the victim’s father has approached the Chief Minister to probe the role of State Health Minister PK Sreemati in the incident. “My daughter’s condition deteriorated after Sreemati visited her. We don’t know her role or what exactly transpired between them. We want a thorough probe to unravel the mysteries behind by my daughter's death,” father CN Surendran said after submitting a petition to Achuthanandan.

The post-mortem report of the victim, Sari S Nair, had revealed that the teenager's blood contained high-levels of lead.

Sreemati had called on the girl on the particular day to inquire about her health.

It was alleged that she had visited the girl to cover up her alleged association with the son of a senior leader, close to the official faction. Achuthanandan had flaunted this VIP theory frequently to corner his detractors in the party. Earlier, a temple priest and his entire family had committed suicide after his name was dragged into the scandal.

“Even the CBI has denied justice to us. It found there was no VIP in the case. But many including the Chief Minister know it well that some of the arrested were only small fries,” he said, demanding a fresh probe. Achuthanandan, who keenly followed the case, was cautious this time around.

Though Surendran was given an appointment at his residence it was later shifted to his office and mediaperosons were not allowed to accompany him. With the Politburo closely watching the intra-party rivalry the CM was apparently playing safe.

But activists and rightists have already questioned his 'double standards'.

First Published: Aug 23, 2007 04:40 IST