Sleaze row: Judicial Commission submits report to Kerala CM

21 Nov 2017

The Judicial Commission, which probed the sleaze talk allegations against former minister A K Saseendran, submitted its report to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan today. The details of the two volume, 405-page report are not yet known.

The state government had appointed the Justice P S Antony commission in March this year after a newly launched Malayalam television channel came out with a sleaze audio clip, purported to be of Saseendran, following which he had resigned. Later, Justice Antony told newspersons that a comprehensive probe was held and that the chief minister will provide report details. Only 17 of the 22 witnesses appeared before the commission. "Media should be guided by public interest, not commercial interest...The copies of the report will be sent to the information and broadcasting ministry and Press Council of India," he said.

The commission has also made observations on the right to privacy, extent of freedom of media and its misuse, he said.
Reacting to the submission of the report, Saseendran said he had appeared before the commission as and when summoned. "Whatever I knew, I have told the panel," he said. The former transport minister said he was positive about the outcome of the report. "I have no negative thoughts.. I have only positive thoughts about the report," he said. Saseendran, was NCP nominee, in the cabinet.