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 near of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.
The VACB team arrested the used minister from a sanatorium in the city, where he modified into admitted the day before this day. The minister modified into absent from his utter when the Vigilance team went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.
The arrest assumes significance for the Deliver’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for local physique elections in December. The used minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.
Reports of irregularities in the flyover building were seen closing 365 days. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease site visitors at Kochi at a model of ₹42 crore modified into inaugurated in October 2016. However it completely modified into closed for site visitors on Could presumably perchance additionally honest 1, 2019 on security concerns after detecting some defects in its building. A team from IIT Madras additionally inspected the flyover and detected cracks in the girders and pillars.
The case towards the used Minister, who is the fifth accused in the case, modified into that he had ordered the liberate of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as nearly the builder of the flyover at a nominal rate of pastime. VACB officers told the courtroom that this has model the exchequer ₹60 lakh by methodology of pastime alone.
The VACB has to this point arrested eight persons, collectively with used PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in connection with the case.
The Chief of Opposition in the Deliver Meeting Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the used minister as the act of the authorities to divert public attention when central businesses are holding more than one investigations towards the authorities, collectively with the Chief Minister’s office in the gold smuggling and corruption circumstances.