Vigilance arrests aged Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested aged Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in connection with the irregularities within the event of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB crew arrested the aged minister from a scientific institution within town, the place he was as soon as admitted yesterday. The minister was as soon as absent from his map when the Vigilance crew went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Teach’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for local body elections in December. The aged minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Reports of irregularities within the flyover construction were noticed last year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease traffic at Kochi at a rate of ₹42 crore was as soon as inaugurated in October 2016. But it absolutely was as soon as closed for traffic on Might 1, 2019 on security considerations after detecting some defects in its construction. A crew from IIT Madras additionally inspected the flyover and detected cracks within the girders and pillars.
The case towards the aged Minister, who’s the fifth accused within the case, was as soon as that he had ordered the launch of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as advance to the builder of the flyover at a nominal price of curiosity. VACB officials told the court that this has cost the exchequer ₹60 lakh when it involves curiosity alone.
The VACB has up to now arrested eight persons, including aged PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in connection with the case.
The Chief of Opposition within the Teach Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the aged minister because the act of the authorities to divert public consideration when central companies are keeping a total lot of investigations towards the authorities, including the Chief Minister’s field of business within the gold smuggling and corruption conditions.