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The News Minute| February 4, 2015| 1.30 pm IST The controversy surrounding Mohan Lal’s music band ‘Lalisom’ and its performance at National Games seems to be never ending. After Lal found himself cornered with politicians, people on social media and even some from film industry criticizing him taking a huge fee for his music band’s performance at the Games, he declared that he would return the Rs. 1.6 crore given for the band to perform. But the controversy surrounding Lalisom has far from subsided. Here are the five most recent developments surrounding the issue. Lal wants to return money, Kerala cabinet says no. The Kerala cabinet which met on Wednesday has decided to not take the refund that Mohanlal was making. The cabinet chaired by the Chief Minister has said that taking money back is not a right precedence and does not augur well on the cabinet. Mammootty backs Mohanlal After public criticism for receiving money from the government for the band’s performance, Superstar Mamooty came out in support of Mohan Lal at a press conference in Cochin. He said,” I have come here to express my solidarity with Mohanlal on the Lalisom issue. A lot of technicalities go into the way a programme is staged. We accept Mohanlal as an actor for his acting skills. As a friend and co worker, I have come here to extend my support and request that we stop targeting him. I also request you not to drag him into conflicts and let him work in peace. Let's not diminish the glory of the National games with such controversies.” Chief Secretary calls arrangements sloppy The Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson on Tuesday expressed his strong displeasure over the organisation of the National Games. In a candid admission about the flaws surrounding the National Games, he said that not much planning had been put into the event. He also indicated that way too much money had been invested into the opening ceremony of the games. "Rs 15 crore for the Games's opening ceremony was huge and it could have been brought down considerably if it was properly planned. There was no proper dress rehearsal conducted for the event" Sports Minister is super angry at Chief Secretary However, the Chief Secretary’s outburst did not go down well with Kerala’s Sports Minister Thiruvanchiyur Radhakrishnan who told Chief Minister that Jiji thomson should be made to apologise for his comments. He also said that if in future Jiji Thomson had any criticism regarding the government, it should be done with the permission of the Chief Minister’s office only. Demanding that Jiji Thomson file a retraction of his statements, he asked the Chief Minister to warn the Chief Secretary against future incidents. Chief Minister and Cabinet angry too, Chief Secretary apologizes Taking cue from Thiruvanchiyur Radhakrishnan, the Chief Minister and the Cabinet also recorded that they were upset with Thomson for his public criticism. With the Cabinet recording their displeasure, the Chief Minister said that it was not right for Thomson to criticise them so openly. After a series of reactions to his outburst, Thomson has reportedly apologised for his statements. Read- End the Lalisom controversy: Read the full note that Mohanlal wrote to fans Tweet

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