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Kerala High Court asks CM Pinarayi Vijayan, daughter to respond to plea for probe into bribery allegations

On August 26, a Special Judge (Vigilance) in Muvattupuzha rejected a plea for a probe into these allegations on finding that there was no prima facie case made out against the accused officials.

The petition before the vigilance court was filed by one Gireesh Babu in the wake of an Income Tax report that stated that an “illegal payment” of ₹1.72 crores was made by CMRL to Exalogic Solutions Private Limited, an IT firm owned by the daughter of the CM, Veena.

Gireesh Babu alleged that Veena received the money as consideration from CMRL to grant it an undue advantage.

It was further alleged that high-ranking public officials including Chief Minister Vijayan, Ramesh Chennithala, Kunjali Kutty, VK Ibrahim Kunju and A Govindan also received bribes from CMRL.

All of these persons were arraigned as accused in the petition.

However, the vigilance court rejected Gireesh Babu’s plea on the ground that the petitioner had only raised general allegations without sufficient material facts to back up his claims.

Babu then approached the High Court with a revision petition challenging this vigilance court order, through advocate BA Aloor.

Source: Barandbench

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