Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday defended power minister M.M. Mani, saying he had not made any 'anti-women' comments against the activists of 'Pembila Orumai', a women's collective of plantation workers.
Pinarayi said Mani had not tried to create "any hurdle" during the anti-encroachment drive on government lands in Idukki.
"Before law, there is no consideration as MLA or minister. There were complaints. A probe was held and no material was found warranting registering of a case against Mani," Pinarayi said during question hour in the state assembly.
Mani had recently courted controversy when he allegedly made some offensive remarks against activists of 'Pembilai Orumai', a women's collective of plantation workers of Munnar.
The minister had also allegedly stated Devikulam sub-collector Sreeram Venkataraman should be sent to 'Oolampara' asylum for removing a 30-feet cross put up allegedly on an encroached piece of government land in Munnar last month.
Congress MLAs – V.D. Satheeshan and P.T. Thomas -- asked the government the reason for not registering a case against Mani for his comments against women workers and the IAS officer.