Kerala HC directs notices be sent to CM Vijayan, Veena in graft case

He had approached the court seeking a probe by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department into the allegations that Veena Vijayan’s IT firm Exalogic got monthly gratification from a Kochi-based mining firm, Cochin Minerals and Rutile Ltd (CMRL), for mining sanctions.

Significantly, Mathew Kuzhalnadan came under duress when the Revenue Department measured a resort that he co-owns in Idukki District and registered a case against him over owning excess land to what had been registered.

Incidentally, various agencies, including the ED, SFIO, and Income Tax Department, have recorded the statements of many people except Veena Vijayan in the case, which the Congress leader highlighted last year based on an Income Tax Settlement Board statement which pointed out that Exalogic received Rs 1.72 crore from CMRL.

A similar petition was earlier filed by a Kochi resident on the corrupt dealings of CM Vijayan but the petitioner suddenly passed away.

Following this the high court appointed an amicus curiae and on Tuesday the court said both the petitions though similar in nature, would be heard separately and posted this case for 3 July.

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