The Kerala vigilance and anti-corruption bureau on Wednesday arrested former public works division minister V Okay Ebrahim Kunju in reference to alleged irregularities within the building of a flyover in Kochi.
Kunju (68), a Muslim MLA MLA from Kalamssery in Ernakulam district was arrested from a hospital after vigilance officers met the docs treating him. For now, he’ll stay in hospital, officers stated.
Earlier Within the morning, investigators raided his home in Aluva in Kochi. Kunju was earlier booked by the vigilance division after severe irregularities had been discovered within the building of the Palarivattom flyover.
The flyover which was accomplished in 2016 was constructed at a price of Rs 47.7 crore on Nationwide Freeway 66 Bypass. It was closed for site visitors in Could after cracks appeared in a few of the pillars and girders. Later engineering consultants from IIT-Madras discovered that its design was defective and low-quality supplies had been used to construct the 750-metre lengthy bridge.
The federal government then approached Metro Man E Sreedharan and he additionally favoured demolition of the flyover to construct a brand new one. Now the Delhi Metro Rail Company is rebuilding the flyover below the supervision of Sreedharan.
A case was registered by the vigilance division which arrested former PWD secretary TO Sooraj and three others in August in reference to alleged irregularities. After his arrest Sooraj, a controversial IAS officer, stated he was made a scapegoat. Although Kunju was interrogated a few instances he was let off. Sooraj is now out on bail.
The three others who had been arrested together with Sooraj had been Sumii Goyal, maging director of building agency RDS Tasks Ltd, Benny Paul of Kitco, technical advisor and P D Thankacchan of GM of Roads and Birdges Improvement Company of Kerala
Kunju’s arrest on Wednesday has kicked off an argument. The opposition Congress and Muslim League stated it was politically motivated and was supposed to distract consideration from the gold smuggling and drug circumstances. “It was a politically motivated transfer. The federal government which is neck deep in corruption wished to save lots of its face someway,” stated opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala.
However CPI(M) state secretary A Vijayaraghavan stated the arrest was a pure course of after the investigation.
The defective flyover additionally triggered a blame recreation between the opposition UDF and ruling LDF (Left Democratic Entrance). The ruling coalition stated the earlier authorities was answerable for the mess however the UDF claimed the current dispensation had given the health certificates and inaugurated the flyover with a lot fanfare.