Vigilance arrests faded Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested faded Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in connection with the irregularities within the improvement of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB group arrested the faded minister from a sanatorium within the town, where he became admitted the day gone by. The minister became absent from his scheme when the Vigilance group went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Negate’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for local body elections in December. The faded minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Reports of irregularities within the flyover constructing were seen last year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease traffic at Kochi at a cost of ₹42 crore became inaugurated in October 2016. Nevertheless it became closed for traffic on May maybe 1, 2019 on security concerns after detecting some defects in its constructing. A bunch from IIT Madras also inspected the flyover and detected cracks within the girders and pillars.
The case in opposition to the faded Minister, who’s the fifth accused within the case, became that he had ordered the initiating of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as formulation to the builder of the flyover at a nominal rate of pastime. VACB officers told the court docket that this has cost the exchequer ₹60 lakh in phrases of pastime alone.
The VACB has up to now arrested eight folks, including faded PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in connection with the case.
The Leader of Opposition within the Negate Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the faded minister as the act of the authorities to divert public attention when central agencies are protecting more than one investigations in opposition to the authorities, including the Chief Minister’s place apart of enterprise within the gold smuggling and corruption situations.