Thiruvananthapuram : The state government on Tuesday withdrew case against six LDF legislators who were booked for vandalism inside the assembly during budget presentation in 2015. The decision to withdraw the case was taken on a petition submitted by V Sivan Kutty, one of the accused. There was uproar over withdrawing the case on a petition filed by the accused. However, the state government went ahead with the decision. In his plea, Sivankutty had stated that there is no point in going ahead with the probe since all of the legislators have tendered their apologies. The state government withdrew the case based on this plea. Chaos ensued in the Assembly, with angry Left legislators throwing the Speaker’s chair out of the dais. They also reportedly damaged microphones. A loss of around Rs 2 lakh had been estimated. The Crime Branch had filed a charge sheet in the case.
Criticising the decision to withdraw the case, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the move is extremely ‘disrespectful’ of the Assembly and the people of the state. Speaking to media persons, he said the government should review the decision.