Remarks not meant to threaten anyone : Achuthanandan

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Kochi, Nov 20 (UNI) Reacting to the Kerala High Court's remarks on his statements on Palm Oil case, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today said ''the remarks were not meant to threaten anyone.'' '' The statement was made considering the welfare of the 25 lakh coconut growers, who will be adversely affected by the import of palm oil,'' he told to reporters here.

Yesterday, High Court Judge S Sirijagan declined to hear the Palm Oil Import case and referred it to the Chief Justice for being posted before another judge.

Justice Sirijagan also termed Chief Minister's remarks as ''irresponsible'' and against the dignity of the court.

Mr Achuthanandan, while addressing a public meeting in Sulthan Batheri in Wayanad district on Saturday, had criticised the court's stay on the October-16 notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, banning the import of palm oil into the country through Cochin Port which, he said, was meant to help coconut farmers in the state.

The Chief Minister had said instead of protecting the local farmers, the court was protecting the interests of businessmen importing palm oil from abroad.

UNI

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