Vigilance arrests former Kerala PWD Minister Ebrahim Kunju in Palarivattom flyover rip-off

2020/11 18 08:11

The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested former Kerala PWD Minister VK brahim Kunju in reference to the irregularities within the building of a flyover at Palarivattom in Kochi.

The VACB crew arrested the previous minister from a hospital within the metropolis, the place he was admitted the day past. The minister was absent from his residence when the Vigilance crew went to arrest him on Wednesday morning.

The arrest assumes significance for the State’s politics at a time when Kerala is heading for native physique elections in December. The previous minister Ebrahim Kunju belongs to the Indian Union Muslim League.

Stories of irregularities within the flyover building have been seen final yr. The 750-metre flyover constructed to ease site visitors at Kochi at a value of ₹42 crore was inaugurated in October 2016. However it was closed for site visitors on Might 1, 2019 on safety considerations after detecting some defects in its building. A crew from IIT Madras additionally inspected the flyover and detected cracks within the girders and pillars.

The case in opposition to the previous Minister, who’s the fifth accused within the case, was that he had ordered the discharge of ₹9 crore from the Treasury as advance to the builder of the flyover at a nominal charge of curiosity. VACB officers instructed the courtroom that this has value the exchequer ₹60 lakh when it comes to curiosity alone.

The VACB has up to now arrested eight individuals, together with former PWD secretary TO Sooraj, in reference to the case.

The Chief of Opposition within the State Meeting Ramesh Chennithala termed the arrest of the previous minister because the act of the federal government to divert public consideration when central companies are holding a number of investigations in opposition to the federal government, together with the Chief Minister’s workplace within the gold smuggling and corruption instances.

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