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Complaint of Vigilance Director about phone tapping will be probed: CM

CM Pinarai Vijayan responding to Adjournment motion on MondayThiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan told the Assembly on Monday that the crime branch would enquire into the complaint of Director of Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau Jacob Thomas that his phone and email had been intercepted.

Responding to notice for an adjournment motion given by Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan (Congress), the Chief Minister said that Director General of Police was the appropriate authority to conduct the enquiry whether interception was done by police or those outside the force.  Mr. Thomas’ compliant was based on a press report.

Assembly session to resume on Monday

Opposition protest before Assembly (file photo)Kerala Assembly resumes its second session on Monday.

The UDF will be demanding that the enquiry into allegations of nepotism in appointments to public sector units should cover the Chief Minister’s Office too. Appointments to key posts would not have taken place without the knowledge of the Chief Minister, it says.

Kerala Industries Minister resigns after row over appointments of relatives

E. P. JayarajanCPI (M) Central Committee member E. P. Jayarajan resigned as Kerala Minister for Industries on Friday.
The resignation followed his admission of guilt in the appointment of his relative as Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises under the Industries Department at the party State Secretariat meeting here.  The Secretariat “allowed him to resign” as requested by the Minister.

Government to bring fresh legislation to prevent nepotism

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cabinet on Thursday decided to bring a legislation to prevent nepotism in appointments to quasi government institutions.

The decision is against the background of allegations against Industries Minister E. P. Jayarajan over appointing his relatives and relatives of other CPI (M) leaders to key posts in public sector units.  

The Cabinet asked the Chief Secretary S. M. Vijayanand to examine the allegations.

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