Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said that the legal procedure will take its course in unearthing the irregularities in the Consumerfed case. The Home Department has taken strict action in this regard, he added.
The Home Minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Cable TV Mega Fest, 2014, here on Saturday. Chennithala refuted the allegations that the Home Department is trying to sabotage the probe into the Consumerfed case.
The Kerala High Court had recently imposed a two-month stay on the Vigilance probe in connection with the irregularities in Consumerfed.
The duration of the stay reportedly ends on Sunday. The Vigilance had registered two cases, one for incurring a loss of `75 lakh in purchasing rice at a higher price than its market rate and the second for discarding essential items worth Rs 20 lakh.
Irregularities worth `60 lakh were detected in the inspection ‘Operation Annapoorna’ conducted in 24 godowns of Consumerfed in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram by a team led by Vigilance ADGP R Sreelekha. Speaking about the issues with the Communist Marxist Party (CMP), the Home Minister said a meeting will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the same. Later, Ramesh Chennithala spoke at the valedictory function of the Cable TV Mega Fest.
He assured all support of the government to cable TV operators in the state. He also unveiled the logo of the ninth state conference of Cable TV Operators’ Association, scheduled to be held from February 11 to 13 at Thiruvananthapuram.