THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Forest Minister A Ok Saseendran has discovered himself within the eye of a storm after allegations surfaced that he intervened to settle a harassment grievance in opposition to NCP chief G Padmakaran.
The minister referred to as up the girl’s father and directed him to achieve a compromise with Padmakaran. Within the minister’s telephonic dialog which was leaked on Tuesday, he’s heard advising the girl’s father to settle the difficulty amicably.
Chatting with the media, the minister claimed that he intervened within the matter with out realising that it was a harassment allegation. Saseendran mentioned he intervened pondering that it was an inner-party challenge.
Nevertheless, the girl alleged that the minister was within the know of issues. NCP leaders had referred to as up earlier than and after submitting the grievance. Even after submitting the grievance, the Kundara Police have been reluctant to register a case. With the minister straight intervening within the matter, his hyperlinks with the accused have turn into evident, she identified.
The difficulty has already kicked up a political row within the state. The Opposition UDF has lashed out in opposition to the minister. Opposition Chief VD Satheesan has demanded that the minister be ousted from the cupboard.
“AK Saseendran who faces allegations of trying to settle a harassment case ought to resign from the cupboard. The complainant and her father have raised severe allegations in opposition to the minister. If Saseendran refuses to step down, the Chief Minister ought to oust him from the cupboard,” mentioned Satheesan.