Petition against CPM leaders: HC gives more time

via published on May 22, 2006

Pioneer News Service | Kochi

A division bench of the Kerala High Court granted more time for the Central Government to file a statement regarding their stand in the writ petition against CPM leaders Pinarayi Vijayan, Thomas Isaac, and MA Baby alleging violation of foreign exchange regulations, misappropriation of public money, receipt of brokerage and misuse of private business.

The writ petition, filed by the editor of a Malayalam magazine, prays for direction to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to investigate the allegations. The petitioner alleges that Pinarayi’s son runs a firm in Singapore by the name of Kamala International Exporters with an investment of crores of rupees and that the firm was visited by Pinarayi and his wife when he visited Singapore as part of his tour while being the Minister for Electricity. The petitioner also alleges that Pinarayi received Rs 270 crore as brokerage in the deal with SNC Lavalin of Canada when he was the Minister for Electricity and has caused a loss of Rs 200 crore to the State.

The petition also alleges that Thomas Issac committed offences including breach of trust, sedition, and conspiracy, and earned wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. Further, the petition alleges that Swaralaya, an organisation headed by MA Baby, evaded tax revenue.

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