The government has so far repealed 2,628 criminal cases and applications for withdrawing 1,320 cases are pending, Minister for Home and Vigilance Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr.Radhakrishnan said that the opinion of the Law Department has been sought for clearing the applications. As many as 45 officers were arrested in graft cases, Revenue Department tops the list with 19 officials. All of them were suspended from service, but 18 officers were reinstated in due course. The government had withdrawn 14 cases involving Ministers and MLAs. Five vigilance cases had been withdrawn, 482 pending cases have b

As many as 4,285 persons were killed and 41,460 persons injured in 36,174 road accidents in 2012. Till January 27 this year 265 persons were killed and 2,563 persons injured in road accidents, he said.

The government had spent Rs.2,89,81,279 for buying 22 new cars for Ministers. This is in addition to the nine cars bought by the Tourism Department at Rs.1,23,65,109, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.

Minister for Power Aryadan Mohammed said that as per the estimates on September 30,2012, among the power charge defaulters there 1,489 high-tension consumers, 23 extra- high tension consumers and 179758 low tension consumers. As many as 96,436 domestic power connections were snapped for defaulting power charge payment, he said.EOM/NJN

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