Vigilance arrests feeble Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested feeble Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in reference to the irregularities within the construction of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the feeble minister from a hospital within the metropolis, the put he changed into admitted the outdated day. The minister changed into absent from his assign when the Vigilance team went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Utter’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for local physique elections in December. The feeble minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Studies of irregularities within the flyover construction were noticed final twelve months. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease traffic at Kochi at a fee of ₹42 crore changed into inaugurated in October 2016. Nonetheless it indubitably changed into closed for traffic on Can also simply 1, 2019 on safety concerns after detecting some defects in its construction. A team from IIT Madras also inspected the flyover and detected cracks within the girders and pillars.
The case in opposition to the feeble Minister, who’s the fifth accused within the case, changed into that he had ordered the delivery of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as advance to the builder of the flyover at a nominal rate of interest. VACB officers told the courtroom that this has fee the exchequer ₹60 lakh by process of interest by myself.
The VACB has thus far arrested eight folks, along side feeble PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in reference to the case.
The Leader of Opposition within the Utter Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the feeble minister as the act of the govt.to divert public attention when central agencies are holding a few investigations in opposition to the govt, along side the Chief Minister’s place of work within the gold smuggling and corruption conditions.