Vigilance dept gives clean chit to E.P Jayarajan, HC stays probe

The Vigilance department gave a clean chit to former minister E.P Jayarajan, who was facing allegations of nepotism in appointments when he was in the CPI(M)-led LDF government, after which the Kerala High Court stayed the probe against him.

When the matter was taken up, the vigilance prosecutor informed the court that no criminal offence was detected and the case against Jayarajan was going to be closed.

Jayarajan had resigned as Industries minister in October last year in the wake of the appointment row.

Justice P. Ubaid, considering the petition filed by Jayarajan seeking quashing of the Vigilance probe against him, clarified that the stay would not be a bar in filing of a closure report before the Vigilance Court.

Jayarajan was accused of appointing a close relative in a Public Sector Undertaking in the industries department.

He appointed his nephew, P.K Sudheer Nambiar as Managing Director of Kerala Industrial Enterprises Ltd. The appointment was later quashed by the government.

(Agencies)

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