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UAE aid to Education Minister KT Jaleel on Centre's probe radar

In a Facebook post, Jaleel had admitted to receiving aid from the UAE Consulate in the form of Ramadan kit worth Rs 5 lakh.

Published: 23rd August 2020 03:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2020 03:05 AM   |  A+A-

KT Jaleel

Kerala Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel (Facebook photo)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In what may spell more trouble for Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel, the Centre has reportedly decided to probe whether the minister violated the foreign exchange rules while receiving the assistance from the UAE Consulate. 

In a Facebook post, Jaleel had admitted to receiving aid from the UAE Consulate in the form of Ramadan kit worth Rs 5 lakh. The minister had directly dealt with the consulate to avail of the aid. In the wake of the revelation, the Centre was flooded with numerous complaints against him.

Jaleel’s decision to distribute copies of Holy Quran given by the UAE Consulate is also under a cloud. Sources said the possibility of Central agencies joining the Union finance ministry’s probe cannot be ruled out. Jaleel said he was ready to face any kind of probe.

“I’ve nothing to fear. I’ve already clarified that I’m ready to face any kind of investigation by any agency,” he said. The minister, who is in quarantine, has been directed to extend the self-isolation period after his gunman tested positive for Covid-19. Jaleel said he was available on phone for any queries.

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