Centre denies Kerala CM's lottery claims

According to the Ministry, Chidambaram has written ‘only one letter’ to the chief minister in which he had clarified that the Centre on its own could not entrust CBI with the case unless Kerala government proposed transfer of that case to the agency.

“Your letter dated 29.11.2010 does not contain a specific request for referring any specific case (FIR, police station etc.) to the CBI,” states Chidambaram’s letter communicated to the Kerala chief minister on December 29, 2010. The letter also directed the Kerala government to send a communication to the Ministry of Personnel, Pension and Public Grievances (DOPT)  under which the CBI functions. 

The Home Ministry said it  has been informed that no proposal has been received by the DOPT  from the Kerala government regarding any specific case relating to lotteries and hence CBI taking up the case does not arise. 

Achuthanandan had on   Wednesday alleged that Chidambaram was indulging in ‘double-speak’ over his letter demanding a federal probe against the lottery mafia in the state.
He had said that Chidambaram in a letter on December 29 last year acknowledged receiving his letter, but denied it in his next letter dated January 4.

The Ministry has  clarified that the chief minister  wrote to Chidambaram on November 29, 2010, to which he replied  on December 29, 2010. 

“No other letter was written by the Home Minister to the CM on this subject,” the Ministry said, denying  the claim of  Achuthanandan.

The Kerala chief minister maintained that the Opposition was accusing him of  ‘ignoring’ Chidambaram’s letter in which he asked him to ensure a case was  registered against the lottery mafia.

Last October, Congress  spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s controversial act of representing lottery operators in Kerala had perturbed  the party leadership .

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