Vijayan rejects amicus curiae report on floods

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday rejected the report submitted by a High Court-appointed amicus curiae on the August floods and said it was not the final one and was prepared without consulting all stakeholders.

Some people were using the report to divert public sentiments against the government during the time of Lok Sabha polls, Vijayan said at a meet-the-press programme in Kollam.

He also urged the people to resist any attempt to put the rehabilitation initiatives of the government, which had won the world-wide recognition, in poor light.

In a setback to the CPI(M)-led LDF government, the High Court-appointed amicus curiae had pointed out that lapses in dam management had aggravated the impact of August floods which had claimed over 400 lives besides causing widespread devastation last year.

It had also recommended that an inquiry be conducted by an expert committee headed by a former Supreme Court judge.

(with news agency inputs)