The anticipatory bail plea of six contractors accused in the multi-crore tar bill scam was rejected by the Kerala High Court on Thursday.
The court ordered the accused, Jilson John of Thodupuzha, K. Muhammad Kutty of Palakkad, P.J. Jacob of Edapally, G. Surendran of Thiruvananthapuram, G. Anilkumar of Vattiyurkavu, Thiruvananthapuram, and R. Appu of Nellimoodu, Thiruvananthapuram, to surrender before investigating officers.
The order was issued by Justice V. Ramkumar.
Opposing the bail plea, C.K. Suresh, government pleader, said the accused needed to be interrogated for tracking the origin of fake bills. On investigation, it was found that a few bills submitted by the accused were fake. The bills were verified with the records of the Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Kochi Refineries Limited. Some of the officials of the Public Works Department were also involved in the scam, he said.
The Kerala High Court admitted a petition seeking a ban on the Popular Front of India, Social Democratic Party of India and its feeder organisations in Kerala and to entrust the probe into the assault on college teacher T.J. Joseph to the National Investigation Agency. The court issued notices to the Union Home Ministry, State government, DGP, Chief Secretary and the director of the agency.
Action against quarries
The High Court directed the State government to act against 36 illegal quarries functioning in Wayanad. The order as issued by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Thomas P. Joseph while considering a batch of public interest litigations seeking action against the quarries.
Operating the quarries without the mandatory licence was an offence under various enactments, the court held.
The court also ordered appropriate action against the officials who erred in action against illegal quarries.