Vigilance arrests light Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover scam
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested light Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in reference to the irregularities within the building of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB crew arrested the light minister from a health heart within the metropolis, where he used to be admitted the day earlier than this day. The minister used to be absent from his place when the Vigilance crew went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Notify’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for native physique elections in December. The light minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Studies of irregularities within the flyover building were observed closing year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease site visitors at Kochi at a payment of ₹42 crore used to be inaugurated in October 2016. However it indubitably used to be closed for site visitors on Would possibly maybe well 1, 2019 on safety considerations after detecting some defects in its building. A crew from IIT Madras additionally inspected the flyover and detected cracks within the girders and pillars.
The case in opposition to the light Minister, who’s the fifth accused within the case, used to be that he had ordered the release of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as advance to the builder of the flyover at a nominal payment of pastime. VACB officials urged the court that this has payment the exchequer ₹60 lakh by methodology of pastime by myself.
The VACB has to this level arrested eight persons, in conjunction with light PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in reference to the case.
The Chief of Opposition within the Notify Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the light minister as the act of the authorities to divert public attention when central agencies are conserving more than one investigations in opposition to the authorities, in conjunction with the Chief Minister’s place of job within the gold smuggling and corruption cases.