In a setback to former Kerala chief minister and leader of the Opposition in Assembly V S Achuthanandan, the CPI-M state Committee today decided to expel from the party three members of his personal staff on the charges of allegedly leaking out party information to media.
Those facing action are Mr Achuthanandan's Press Secretary K
Balakrishnan, Personal Assistant A Suresh and Additional Private Secretary V K Sasidharan.
According to party sources, the action is based on an inquiry against them conducted by a party panel headed by LDF convenor Vaikom Viswan.
The charge against them was that they had leaked to media contents of a review document prepared by the party state committee for internal circulation during the CPI(M) congress in Kozhikode last year.
However, the decision would be implemented only after getting the concurrence of the central leadership, the sources said.
The state secretariat of the party had on Thursday recommended action against the three party members, who have been serving as Mr Achuthanandan's personal staff.