Nepotism: Vigilance Court orders probe against Chandy, 9 UDF leaders

A court in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday ordered a preliminary Vigilance probe against former Kerala Chief Minister and top Congress leader Oommen Chandy, six Ministers in the 2011-16 UDF Government and three former UDF MLAs in connection with the allegations of nepotistic appointments in Government institutions, boards and corporations during the front’s rule.

The Special Vigilance Court has asked the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to submit its preliminary probe report by February 6 based on which it will decide whether a full investigation on the basis of a properly registered case should be launched into the allegations of nepotistic appointments during the UDF’s 2011-16 rule.

As per the order of Special Vigilance Judge A. Badaruddin, the VACB will look into 14 allegedly nepotistic appointments carried out during the UDF’s reign.

Apart from Chandy, former Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, currently Opposition Leader, and former Finance minister K.M Mani (who is not with the UDF now) also will face preliminary probe over nepotism charges.

The court’s order came on a petition filed by Kerala Congress (Scaria Thomas) leader A.H Hafeez in the middle of the controversy pertaining to the nepotistic appointments made by CPI(M) Central committee member EP Jayarajan when he was the Industries Minister in the party-led LDF Government that had assumed office last May.

Jayarajan had resigned from the Cabinet on October 14 following the controversy and the issue had become a sharp weapon in the hands of the Congress and UDF to attack the ruling Left front.

It was in this context that Hafeez had approached the court seeking orders for inquiry into the alleged nepotistic appointments during the tenure of the previous UDF Government.



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