Oppn UDF stages walkout from Kerala assembly

Oppn UDF stages walkout from Kerala assembly

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 13 (PTI) The opposition Congress
led-United Democratic Front staged a walkout from the Kerala
Assembly on Wednesday after the Speaker denied permission for
an adjournmentmotion to discuss alleged irregularities in the
state-run Life Mission”s housing project at Vadakkencherry.
Congress legislator Anil Akkara, who moved the motion,
sought a discussion alleging that the ChiefMinister”s office
and top government officials were involved in the corruption
in the project.
However, Local Self Government minister A C Moideen
denied the charges and said the opposition was indulging in
defaming the ”prestigious” housing project for the poor.
“There are attempts to defame the Life Mission. In this
particular project, there is no financial responsibility for
the state government.
The government is conducting a vigilance enquiry to probe
the allegations against the officials.
Neither the Life Mission nor the state government had
received any funds from abroad,” Moideen said.
On Tuesday, the Kerala High Court had dismissed the
state government”s plea, challenging the CBI investigation
into alleged irregularities in “Life Mission”.
The CBI had filed an FIR in a court here under Section 120
B of the IPC and Section 35 of the Foreign Contribution
(Regulation) Act, 2010 on a complaint by Congress MLA Akkara,
listing Santhosh Eappen, Managing Director of Unitac Builder,
as main accused and Sane Ventures as second accused.
The Life Mission CEO and Eappen had moved separate pleas
in the High Court, submitting that the FIR was “illegal,
arbitrary and nothing but an abuse of the process of law and
is, therefore, liable to be quashed”.
Moideen pointed out that the high court had dismissed the
charges raised by the opposition against the political
leadership.
The Minister also said the “hollowness” of the allegation
was evident as the people of Vadakkencherry voted the LDF to
power in the recent local body polls, despite all the
accusations levelled by the Congress.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said, if
probed properly, many senior government officials would be
behind bars.
Chennithala alleged that at least Rs 9.5 crore commission
has been paid in the project.
“The government has announced a vigilance probe to stop
the CBI probe in the matter.
The high court allowing the CBI to continue with the
probe is a tight slap on the face of the government.
But the government is still maintaining that the HC order
was not against the state government,” Chennithala said.
As the Speaker refused to grant nod for discussion of the
adjournment motion, the Opposition staged a walkout. PTI RRT
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