Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, under intense criticism from the Left opposition over his staff members being in contact with a woman charged with several cheating cases, Friday asked two of them to step down.
"I have received a preliminary report of the investigating officer. Based on that, I am removing two of my staff members, and further action would be based on the report of the probe, once investigation is completed," Chandy said in the assembly Friday.
Chandy's personal assistant Teny Jopan - from whose mobile phone nearly 70 calls were made to the woman in a month's time - and his gunman Salim Raj have been asked to step down till the probe is completed. More.