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Then PM Narasimha Rao ditched my father: Karunakaran's son

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Late K. Karunakaran's son on Sunday claimed that then P.V. "ditched" his father and then after the 1994 ISRO espionage case.

"As far as I know, and what was told by him (Karunakaran), he was crestfallen by the way Rao (then President) behaved in 1995. It was Rao who ditched him. (leader) G.K. Moopanar called me on March 15, 1995, to tell my father to resign as as per Rao's directive, which he did the next day," Muraleedharan, a Congress legislator, told the media here.

"He (Karunakaran) told me that Rao was responsible (for his removal). No one from had ever asked for Karunakaran's removal. What happened in the Congress then was nothing but the usual factional feud," the Congress said.

Muraleedharan also said that had someone from the Nehru-Gandhi family been at the helm either in the government or the party in 1995, Karunakaran would not have suffered the "humiliation". Karunakaran passed away in December 2010.

The Congress said that he will appear, if asked to, before a three-member committee set up by the to probe the role of three police officers in the espionage case and tell them what he had said on Sunday.

Reacting to his sister Padmaja Venugopal's assertion that the espionage case was the creation of five Congress leaders which led to Karunakaran's resignation on March 16, 1995, Muraleedharan said that he did not know on what basis she had made the statement.

Her statement came after the on September 14 directed the government to award Rs 50 lakh compensation to ISRO for his unnecessary arrest and harassment and mental cruelty he underwent due to false implication in the espionage case.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 17:36 IST