Kerala HC quashes vigilance case against E.P Jayarajan

The Kerala High Court quashed a vigilance case against former minister and senior CPI(M) leader E.P Jayarajan, who had resigned following allegations of nepotism in appointments when his party-led LDF was in power.

The court also quashed the case against Jayarajan’s nephew and CPI(M) central committee member P.K Sreemathy’s son Sudheer Nambiar, who was the second accused in the case, and state industries secretary Paul Antony.

Allowing the petition filed by Jayarajan, Justice P. Ubaid criticised the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) questioning why such cases, which will not withstand judicial scrutiny, were filed.

Giving a clean chit, the VACB had earlier informed the court that offences “may not lie” against Jayarajan.

In a report filed before the court in May, the VACB had said the offence under sections of the PCA “may not lie” against Jayarajan who had resigned as industries minister in last October in the wake of row over appointment of his relative in a public sector undertaking in the industries department.

(Agencies)

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