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No ''anxiety'' over reopening palm oil case: Karunakaran

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 8 (UNI) Former Kerala Chief Minister and Democratic Indira Congress (K) leader K Karunakaran today said he had no ''anxiety'' over the Left Democatic Front Government's (LDF) decision to reopen the palm oil import scam case against him.

''I have no involvement in the case. Only if I have committed any irregularity in the deal I need to worry,'' he told reporters here.

It was for the Court to decide the facts after examining the case, he added.

Both the previous UDF government and the present LDF government had agreed that the government had received benefits from the deal, he said, claiming that the deal had helped the government to clear its debt of about Rs nine crore besides keeping the existence of the state Civil Supplies Corporation.

The Supreme Court today directed Mr K Karunakaran to file a fresh affidavit as a reply to the affidavit filed by the LDF government last week.

Reversing the stand of former UDF Government in Kerala, the V S Achuthanandanan-led LDF regime had decided to reopen the plam oil import scam case.

The Kerala government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it would continue with the criminal trial against former Chief Minister K Karunakaran in a case of alleged irregularities in palm oil imports in 1991-92.

Last year, then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy gave a clean chit to Karunakaran in the case, registered in 1999 under the then E K Nayanar government, pertaining to import of palm oil from Malaysia in 1994.

Mr Karunakaran was accused of causing a loss of Rs 2.32 crore to the exchequer on account of importing 15,000 tonnes of palm oil from Malaysia at an enhanced price.

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