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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government has ordered a vigilance inquiry into allegations of corruption and irregularities against former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan's son V.A. Arun Kumar.
The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau will inquire, among other things, about the bribe allegedly taken by Mr. Arun Kumar from a sandalwood factory owner, use of fake documents for obtaining registration for Ph.D. from the Kerala University, and irregularities allegedly committed by him when he was Managing Director of Coirfed.
Allegations against him related to lottery scam will not be probed as the investigation of the scam had already been entrusted with the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The vigilance will inquire into the allegation that Mr. Arun Kumar had asked for a commission of five per cent from the promoter of Kannur Power Project, K.P.P. Nambiar, his business relations with Cherry Enterprises, source of funds for membership in the Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club and the Kozhikode Cosmopolitan Club.
Certain allegations raised by senior advocate K. Ramkumar against Mr. Arun Kumar regarding his connections and his foreign trips will be investigated.
The vigilance will look into the failure of the authorities to take action against officials involved in the Marayoor sandalwood case against whom the CBI had recommended action and the smooth retirement of Chief Conservator of Forest arraigned by the CBI.
It will also look into the irregularities in the renewal of licence for a sandalwood factory at Elappully in Palakkad district.
Most of the allegations had been raised by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy when he was Leader of the Opposition in a letter to then Chief Minister seeking action.
The then government had entrusted the inquiry to the Lok Ayukta. The case was withdrawn from the Ayuktha by the Chandy government for ordering a vigilance inquiry.
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