The State Home Department on Thursday forwarded Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan's communiqué ordering an anti-corruption inquiry into the allegations against P.V. Sreenijin, son-in-law of former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, to the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB).
Mr. Achuthanandan ordered the inquiry on the basis of a petition filed by Shamir of Mattancherry. Mr. Sreenijin is a high-ranking Youth Congress activist (he has since resigned from the organisation) and lawyer practising in the Kerala High Court.
In his complaint, Mr. Shamir alleged that the lawyer had amassed wealth much beyond his known and legitimate sources of income, including scenic riverside property and expensive flats, during 2008-2011 when Mr. Balakrishnan occupied the highest judicial office in the country. Mr. Sreenijin had on Wednesday reiterated his innocence.
Officials said that Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Vigilance, S. Jayakumar forwarded the complaint to Additional Director-General of Police, VACB, K.P. Somarajan for further action.
The Home Department has asked the VACB to seek legal advice on whether Mr. Sreenijin could be prosecuted under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The VACB had in an earlier case received legal opinion that not only government servants but also those holding ‘offices of public service,' including political offices, could be prosecuted under the provisions of the Act, officials said.
Mr. Shamir had sought Mr. Achuthanandan's intervention in the matter on the ground that certain quarters were politically influencing both the State and Central governments to thwart any possible anti-corruption inquiry in the case.