Vigilance arrests old Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested old Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in reference to the irregularities within the building of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the old minister from a sanatorium within the metropolis, where he develop into as soon as admitted the day earlier than at present. The minister develop into as soon as absent from his declare when the Vigilance team went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Articulate’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for local physique elections in December. The old minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Reports of irregularities within the flyover building had been noticed last three hundred and sixty five days. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease web exclaim visitors at Kochi at a price of ₹42 crore develop into as soon as inaugurated in October 2016. But it develop into as soon as closed for web exclaim visitors on May well presumably 1, 2019 on security considerations after detecting some defects in its building. A team from IIT Madras additionally inspected the flyover and detected cracks within the girders and pillars.
The case towards the old Minister, who’s the fifth accused within the case, develop into as soon as that he had ordered the launch of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as arrangement to the builder of the flyover at a nominal fee of ardour. VACB officials told the court that this has price the exchequer ₹60 lakh in phrases of ardour alone.
The VACB has thus a long way arrested eight persons, at the side of old PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in reference to the case.
The Leader of Opposition within the Articulate Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the old minister as the act of the federal government to divert public consideration when central agencies are retaining plenty of investigations towards the federal government, at the side of the Chief Minister’s jam of business within the gold smuggling and corruption situations.