THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After facing the heat from the media in various high profile cases, the ruling PinarayiVijayan government decided at a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday to take action against the mediapersons.
The Vijayan government faced flak after a fire broke out in the General Administration Department (GAD) in the state Secretariat last month. As the news of the fire spread, top leaders of the Congress and the BJP arrived outside the Secretariat and a tiff broke out between the security personnel and the leaders as no one was allowed inside the Secretariat.
The entire opposition alleged that crucial files pertaining to the now infamous gold smuggling case were destroyed and the fire was set deliberately to destroy evidence. The media also had a field day latching on to the opposition allegations.
On Tuesday, Vijayan said there were two separate teams probing the incident and one of them had submitted its report while the report of the other team was awaited.
According to the legal advice that the Vijayan government has reportedly received, the government can proceed with criminal defamation suits and can also approach the Press Council of India. (IANS)