Vigilance arrests former Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested former Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in reference to the irregularities in the construction of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the former minister from a sanatorium in town, where he changed into once admitted the old day. The minister changed into once absent from his field when the Vigilance team went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Suppose’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for native body elections in December. The earlier minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Stories of irregularities in the flyover construction were seen final year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease web page traffic at Kochi at a rate of ₹42 crore changed into once inaugurated in October 2016. On the opposite hand it changed into once closed for web page traffic on Would possibly moreover 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 in the girders and pillars.
The case against the former Minister, who is the fifth accused in the case, changed into once that he had ordered the release of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as reach to the builder of the flyover at a nominal fee of hobby. VACB officials informed the court docket that this has rate the exchequer ₹60 lakh through hobby alone.
The VACB has up to now arrested eight folks, along side former PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in reference to the case.
The Leader of Opposition in the Suppose Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the former minister as the act of the authorities to divert public consideration when central companies are conserving more than one investigations against the authorities, along side the Chief Minister’s web web page of job in the gold smuggling and corruption instances.