No question of quitting: Chandy

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 24: Categorically ruling out his resignation in the wake of critical observations by High Court in the solar panel case, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said that the court had not passed any sharp remarks against him as reported by the media.

"There is no question of resignation. That is not going to happen. The court has not made any remark against me," Chandy told reporters after a cabinet meeting. The Congress leader said he was making this clear after getting all the details of what had transpired in the court yesterday from the Director General of Prosecution and the Advocate General.

Referring to the opposition demand that he should step down and order judicial probe, Chandy said that was not warranted as his office had nothing to do with the scam and he had nothing to hide. "I am not scared and I have nothing to hide. Nothing connected with the scam has happened in my office," he said.

Chandy refuted the claim of businessman M K Kurvila in his petition that one of his relatives and a member of the personal staff cheated him of Rs 1.03 crore. "I have no such relative, named Andrew as mentioned in the complaint and anybody on the personal staff called Daljith."

Chandy also justified steps taken by the government on complaints pertaining to the solar panel scam by carrying out prompt action and investigation. On the other hand, the previous LDF government did not treat it as a serious case. Asked whether he would restrain government Chief Whip P C George from fulminating against the ministry, Chandy said "I am not going to do anything."

PTI

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