Former Chief Minister and CPI (M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan is in the headlines again after a small gap post elections and the long drawn out discussions regarding his position in the present ministry led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. This time round, he is finding it very difficult to remain in the forefront.
In a recent move, the Supreme Court of India dismissed the plea filed by Mr. Achuthanandan seeking a CBI probe into the controversial Ice Cream Parlour Case. The bench, consisting Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, mentioned that the court is not a place for political vendetta and judges cannot spend time settling scores.
The State government’s stand in court was surprising. Senior advocate K.K. Venugopal represented the government and objected to the plea filed by Mr. Achuthanandan. The State said there is no need for CBI enquiry in the issue as already five rounds of litigation have taken place from the year the case was registered. The State also pointed out the case is strictly based on the allegations made by former Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty’s relative K.A. Rauf.