//Govt not afraid to make Marad report public: Chandy

Govt not afraid to make Marad report public: Chandy


The UDF government was not "afraid" to make public the report into the killings in Marad near here three years ago, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.

The process was only delayed as the report could not be placed in the assembly since it was not in session now, he told a meet-the press programme here.

Chandy refused to join the issue with Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, Vayalar Ravi, who had reportedly criticised A K Antony, the then Chief Minister, of being "ineffective" in handling the situation.

"I have received the Marad judicial enquiry commission report and the Home Department is looking into it for the Government to take a decision before placing it in the assembly. I do not know how others have got access to it," Chandy said.

When his attention was drawn to an interview by Ravi to a private TV channel in which he had charged Antony with "being aware of CPI(M)’s role" in the incident (that claimed nine lives in the beach area near here in May 2003) but failed to act on it, Chandy said "I don’t know where from such informations (about the report) are received".

When further queried if the statement by a Union Minister and a senior Congress leader from the state on such a sensitive issue need not be viewed seriously, the Chief Minister said he did not know what Ravi had said and therefore would not like to comment on it.