Vigilance arrests used Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested used Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in reference to the irregularities in the event of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the used minister from a health center in the metropolis, where he turned into admitted yesterday. The minister turned into absent from his space when the Vigilance team went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Direct’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for native physique elections in December. The used minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Experiences of irregularities in the flyover development were observed closing year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease site traffic at Kochi at a price of ₹42 crore turned into inaugurated in October 2016. But it turned into closed for site traffic on Would possibly perhaps well 1, 2019 on security concerns after detecting some defects in its development. A team from IIT Madras also inspected the flyover and detected cracks in the girders and pillars.
The case in opposition to the used Minister, who is the fifth accused in the case, turned into that he had ordered the liberate of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as come to the builder of the flyover at a nominal fee of interest. VACB officials told the court docket that this has price the exchequer ₹60 lakh by design of interest on my own.
The VACB has to this level arrested eight persons, at the side of used PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in reference to the case.
The Leader of Opposition in the Direct Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the used minister because the act of the authorities to divert public attention when central agencies are conserving a pair of investigations in opposition to the authorities, at the side of the Chief Minister’s office in the gold smuggling and corruption cases.