Pre-poll war of words in Kerala reached the doorstep of court with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy filing a defamation case against opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan for levelling 'false' allegations against him.
Chandy filed the case in Thiruvananthapuram additional district court and demanded Rs one lakh as damages. He has also lodged a complaint with the Election Commission.
Earlier, while addressing an election rally in Kannur district, the CPI-M veteran had alleged that the chief minister was facing 31 corruption cases and that there were a total of 136 cases against 18 UDF ministers in various courts.
Chandy had warned Achuthanandan of legal action if the latter didn't withdraw his statements.
In his complaint, Chandy also sought a direction to ban media from publicising or commenting on such 'baseless' allegations which are made solely aiming the ensuing elections. This is the second time Chandy has filed defamation complaint against Achuthanandan.
Reacting to the defamation suit, Achuthanandan said Chandy filed the case to protect his fake conscience, and added that the chief minister, who tries to clip his tongue, was in the idiot's paradise.