Vigilance arrests used Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover scam
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested used Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in connection with the irregularities in the construction of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the used minister from a smartly being facility in the metropolis, where he was as soon as admitted the day earlier than this day. The minister was as soon as absent from his situation when the Vigilance team 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 used minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Reports of irregularities in the flyover construction had been noticed closing one year. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease internet page visitors at Kochi at a payment of ₹42 crore was as soon as inaugurated in October 2016. Nonetheless it and not utilizing a doubt was as soon as closed for internet page visitors on Would possibly possibly perchance 1, 2019 on security issues after detecting some defects in its construction. A team from IIT Madras moreover inspected the flyover and detected cracks in the girders and pillars.
The case against the used Minister, who is the fifth accused in the case, was as soon as that he had ordered the open of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as approach to the builder of the flyover at a nominal price of hobby. VACB officers urged the court that this has payment the exchequer ₹60 lakh in phrases of hobby by myself.
The VACB has to date arrested eight other folks, in conjunction with used PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in connection with the case.
The Leader of Opposition in the Notify Assembly Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the used minister as the act of the federal government to divert public consideration when central businesses are holding a pair of investigations against the federal government, in conjunction with the Chief Minister’s place of job in the gold smuggling and corruption conditions.