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 in the construction of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB group arrested the faded minister from a sanatorium in town, where he changed into as soon as admitted the previous day. The minister changed into as soon as absent from his place when the Vigilance group went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Dispute’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for native body elections in December. The faded minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Experiences of irregularities in the flyover construction were seen last year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease traffic at Kochi at a effect of ₹42 crore changed into as soon as inaugurated in October 2016. But it changed into as soon as closed for traffic on May well well well perchance furthermore 1, 2019 on security concerns after detecting some defects in its construction. A group from IIT Madras furthermore inspected the flyover and detected cracks in the girders and pillars.
The case in opposition to the faded Minister, who is the fifth accused in the case, changed into as soon as that he had ordered the liberate of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as come to the builder of the flyover at a nominal rate of pastime. VACB officials instructed the court that this has effect the exchequer ₹60 lakh by methodology of pastime by myself.
The VACB has to this point arrested eight individuals, including faded PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in connection with the case.
The Chief of Opposition in the Dispute Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the faded minister as the act of the government to divert public attention when central agencies are holding loads of investigations in opposition to the government, including the Chief Minister’s role of labor in the gold smuggling and corruption conditions.