Government Chief Whip seeks to implead in petition seeking transfer of MCL corruption cases to CBI

Contradicting the State government stand in a case seeking a directive from the Kerala High Court for a CBI probe into corruption cases in Malabar Cements Limited (MCL), Government Chief Whip P.C. George on Friday said in a petition that the government had announced in the Assembly that it had decided to transfer the cases to the CBI.

In an affidavit filed in response to another petition seeking the similar relief, the State government had informed the court that there was no need to order a CBI probe into the corruption cases registered in connection with various business transactions in the company. The State government had stated that it had not taken any decision to transfer these cases to the CBI. The report that a communication was conveyed to the Advocate General regarding a Cabinet decision to hand over the cases to the CBI was incorrect.

Mr. George sought to implead in the pending petition with the same plea. He said he had put a question about a Vigilance inquiry in the Assembly. The Home Minister had then replied that the government had no objection to the cases being transferred to the CBI.

The Government Chief Whip said the government decision had not been brought to the notice of the High Court. He had certain information on the issue. So, he wanted to implead in the petition.

The petition for CBI probe was filed by Velayudhan Master and another person.

The government should have transferred all the corruption cases to the CBI when the High Court ordered a CBI probe into the death the company secretary V. Saseendran, Mr. George said.

He added that it was understood that some vital information was gathered by the CBI regarding the corruption cases.

‘No decision’

In a response filed by Isaac Varghese, president, Anti-corruption and Human Rights Protection Council, the government had submitted that the State government had not taken any decision to transfer these cases to the CBI. In fact, charge sheets had been filed in the court in four corruption cases. The Thrissur Vigilance Court had already taken cognisance of the charge sheets. And the investigation into the fifth case was over.

The government submitted that the CBI had taken over the probe into the death of Saseendran and his two children. The government did not have any objection to CBI probing into the corruption cases as part of the investigation into the death case.

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