The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau have recorded the arrest of VK Ebrahim Kunju, a minister in Kerala’s former ruling dispensation, United Democratic Front (UDF) which was led by the Congress.
Mr Kunju could be taken in custody after he’s discharged from a non-public hospital within the state’s Ernakulam district the place he’s present process therapy, officers, who first reached his house Wednesday morning, instructed information company PTI.
The legislator is an accused in a corruption case associated to the development of Palarivattom Flyover within the state’s Ernakulam district.
The flyover is situated at a busy intersection crucial for intra-city journey in Ernakulam.
The present Left Democratic Front (LDF) authorities decommissioned the flyover and began dismantling it in September 2019 after cracks have been reported within the construction – three years after its inauguration in 2016. The flyover is now being rebuilt based mostly on suggestions by consultants.
Though the flyover was inaugurated underneath the present LDF authorities, the vast majority of it was constructed in the course of the former UDF authorities when Oommen Chandy was the chief minister.
Former IAS officer TO Sooraj, among the many numerous folks arrested on this case, alleged that each one recordsdata associated to flyover development have been cleared by the then-minister Ibrahim Kunju.
“The advance fund was transferred to the builders based on recommendations of the Managing Director of the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation Kerala. The recommendations had passed through five different officers and were approved by the minister,” Mr Sooraj had instructed the media in September final yr.
The Left Democratic Front Convenor A Vijayraghavan has countered the allegation saying that the arrest was not sudden. “Former minister Ebrahim Kunju had been named an accused earlier himself. The investigation has been underway,” he mentioned.