High Court Closes Proceedings on Plea against VS, Son - The New Indian Express

High Court Closes Proceedings on Plea against VS, Son

Published: 07th January 2014 09:31 AM

Last Updated: 07th January 2014 09:31 AM

The Kerala High Court on Monday held that the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) was the officer to take further action against V A Arun Kumar, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan’s son, if any, based on the report filed by the Vigilance Special Cell, Thiruvananthapuram.

The state government also produced the probe report against Arun Kumar before the High Court in a sealed cover.

Based on the submissions of the state, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A M Shaffique closed further proceedings on a petition seeking a directive to the state to conduct a detailed probe by a special team into various allegations levelled against Achuthanandan and Arun Kumar by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, when he was the Opposition Leader. The Bench passed the order in the light of the submission by the government that the Vigilance had completed the probe and forwarded it to the VACB Director for further action.

The court observed that it was for the director to consider and take action on the reports.

According to the petitioner, no inquiry was conducted into the allegations despite the fact that the complainant is the Chief Minister. Chandy had levelled as many as 11 charges against Achuthanandan and his son.

He had said that Kumar allegedly received money from a sandalwood mafia and tried to sabotage a CBI probe into irregularities in the operations of other state lotteries. Chandy had also pleaded for a probe into Arun Kumar’s foreign trips.

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