Vigilance court orders probe against former ministers Adoor Prakash, Kunhalikutty

Saturday, Jun 4, 2016,18:39 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | A Vigilance court today ordered the state Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau to register a case and probe the role of former ministers Adoor Prakash and P K Kunjalikkutty in a land allotment case involving controversial godman Santhosh Madhavan.
P Madhavan, Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, Muvattupuzha, rejected the recommendations of the Vigilance Director, who submitted a Quick Verification Report into the matter, to drop further proceedings, saying it was not based on facts which support allegations contained in the complaint filed by one Girish Babu, a social activist.
During previous UDF rule, Babu had approached the court seeking a direction to register a case against the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Prakash and four others, alleging that there was corruption behind the government order dated March 2, 2016, exempting 95.44 acres in Puthenvelikkara panchayat at Paravur and 32.41 acres at Madathumpadi in Kodungallur from some provisions of Kerala Land Reforms Act dealing with paddy and wetland.
Noting that the quick verification report (QVR) shows a lot of facts which support the allegations contained in the complaint, the court said it also brings out the involvement of the then Industries Minister in the matter and only a thorough investigation can bring out all the facts behind the issue.
As a result, I am forwarding this complaint to the Director, VACB, Thiruvananthapuram, under Section 156(3)Crpc for registering a case against the public servants involved Adoor Prakash, the then Revenue Minister, Kunjalikutty, the then Industries and IT Minister (whose role is brought out in the QVR), Santhosh Madhavan, and B M Jaya Sankar, Managing Director of RMZ eco world Infrastructure Ltd, Bangalore…, the court said.
The court said the case should be registered against them for offences under IPC sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant or by banker, merchant or agent) and under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The court also directed the Vigilance and AntiCorruption Bureau to file a final report at the earliest.