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Former Kerala PWD minister Ibrahim Kunju Arrested in Palarivattom Flyover Graft Case

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The Kerala vigilance and anti-corruption bureau on Wednesday recorded the arrest of former PWD Minister and Muslim League MLA VK Ibrahim Kunju, who’s at the moment admitted to a hospital, within the Palarivattom flyover graft case. The MLA has been […]

The Kerala vigilance and anti-corruption bureau on Wednesday recorded the arrest of former PWD Minister and Muslim League MLA VK Ibrahim Kunju, who’s at the moment admitted to a hospital, within the Palarivattom flyover graft case.

The MLA has been receiving therapy for a well being situation for the previous one yr, and was admitted to a personal hospital in Ernakulam on Tuesday evening. He’s at the moment persevering with his therapy right here.

Officers reached the hospital and recorded his arrest. The opposition has claimed the transfer is politically motivated; an try by the state authorities to avert focus from the gold rip-off case and varied corruption allegations in opposition to it.

Building of the Palarivattom flyover bridge commenced through the tenure of earlier UDF authorities in 2014. The undertaking was accomplished and opened for commuters shortly after the left authorities took cost in June 2016. The bridge developed issues in its growth joints just a few months after the inauguration. In 2019, the bridge was closed for site visitors.

The state authorities then launched a vigilance probe into the development of the bridge. The anti-corruption bureau had earlier arrested 4 individuals within the case, together with former PwD Secretary T O Sooraj and Managing Director of RDS undertaking Ltd – the corporate which executed the undertaking – on costs of corruption.

“This arrest is politically motivated. We’ve got data that for the previous two to 3 days, conferences have been held in Trivandrum on how he might be arrested. The Kerala authorities has been criticising the Centre for utilizing central businesses in opposition to political opponents, however now they’re doing the identical,” mentioned Muslim league MP P Okay Kunjalikutty.

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has additionally claimed that the arrest is politically motivated. He mentioned that 30 per cent of the flyover work was accomplished through the tenure of current LDF authorities.

Palarivattom is without doubt one of the vital and busiest junctions in Kochi, central Kerala. For many years, crossing the junction via the nationwide freeway bypass had triggered hassle to commuters. The lengthy pending proposal to construct a flyover on the junction was authorized by the UDF authorities in June 2014. The undertaking is estimated to have value Rs 75 crore.

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