Vigilance arrests aged Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover scam
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested aged Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in connection with the irregularities in the model of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the aged minister from a sanatorium in the metropolis, where he used to be admitted the day outdated to this. The minister used to be absent from his plan when the Vigilance team went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Tell’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for local physique elections in December. The aged minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Reports of irregularities in the flyover constructing were noticed final three hundred and sixty five days. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease visitors at Kochi at a cost of ₹42 crore used to be inaugurated in October 2016. However it absolutely used to be closed for visitors on Could possibly presumably 1, 2019 on safety concerns after detecting some defects in its constructing. A team from IIT Madras additionally inspected the flyover and detected cracks in the girders and pillars.
The case in opposition to the aged Minister, who’s the fifth accused in the case, used to be that he had ordered the discharge of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as advance to the builder of the flyover at a nominal price of ardour. VACB officers instructed the court that this has worth the exchequer ₹60 lakh in phrases of ardour alone.
The VACB has to this level arrested eight persons, including aged PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in connection with the case.
The Leader of Opposition in the Tell Meeting Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the aged minister because the act of the executive to divert public consideration when central companies are preserving a pair of investigations in opposition to the executive, including the Chief Minister’s office in the gold smuggling and corruption cases.