Vigilance registers case against E.P Jayarajan

In an embarrassment to ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau on Friday booked senior leader and former Industries minister E.P Jayarajan in a case related to alleged nepotism in appointments in key posts in PSUs during his tenure.

Vigilance registered the case under the Prevention of Corruption Act after a Quick Verification and Jayarajan has been named as first accused.

His nephew Sudheer Nambiar, son of party’s Kannur MP P.K Sreemathi, and Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Paul Antony are also accused in the case.

According to Vigilance sources, the case was registered for ‘violating due process of selection’ while appointing Sudheer as the Managing Director in Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd.

The FIR said though two other persons were shortlisted for the posts after interview and other procedures, Sudheer was selected overlooking them.

The Industries Secretary had issued order appointing Sudheer allegedly as per the directive of Jayarajan, it said. It was stated that mandatory vigilance clearance needed for appointments in such key posts were also not obtained.


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