Thiruvananthapuram, September 25 : Former chief minister and senior congress leader Oommen Chandy said on Friday that the CPI(M) should apologize to former finance minister K M Mani’s family and the public at large.
Chandy’s remarks come in the wake of the revelation by LDF convenor A Vijayaraghavan in an interview that the LDF had staged agitations demanding the late KC(M) patriarch’s resignation during his time as finance minister over corruption charges knowing full well that Mani was innocent.
Vijayaraghavan also revealed that the allegation levelled by the left against Mani that he had a cash-counting machine at his home was but a political allegation.
Chandy termed the LDF convenor’s confession as a posthumous honour for the late K M Mani. It would have been better if the LDF convenor had revealed this when Mani had been alive, he added.
The LDF staged crass political agitations against Mani despite knowing that the corruption charges levelled against him were unfounded. The UDF should take this up as the LDF had levelled the baseless allegations against the then UDF government and its finance minister, he said.
On the bar bribery case, Chandy said that the UDF had entrusted the vigilance probe with the most competent police officer and the probe report fully exonerated Mani. The probe carried out after the LDF government came to power also found Mani innocent.
The congress leader described K M Mani’s resignation from his cabinet over the bar bribery scandal as the saddest moment of his (Chandy’s) public life, adding that he had tried to persuade Mani to withdraw his resignation but in vain.
Oommen Chandy was speaking at a function at the KPCC headquarters organized by the UDF to honour him for having completed 50 consecutive years as a legislator.