Vigilance wants to end probe against KGB kin

via PNS | Thiruvananthapuram published on June 29, 2011

The Kerala Vigilance has reportedly sought the permission of the Congress-led UDF Government to end the investigation ordered by the former government against PV Sreenijin, son-in-law of former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, over the allegation that he had amassed huge wealth by misusing the relationship.

A Vigilance probe was ordered in January by the former LDF government against Sreenijin on the basis of a recommendation from then chief minister VS Achuthanandan. This followed reports that Sreenijin, a former vice-president of the Kerala Youth Congress, had bought land and property worth a minimum of Rs 15 crore in the four years till 2010.

Sreenijin himself had declared in his affidavit filed with the Election Commission in 2006 when he contested Assembly election that his total assets wore worth just Rs 43,000. However, it was reported that he had bought land and buildings worth several crores in Thrissur and Ernakulam districts in the next four years.

Reports said that the Vigilance was planning to end the probe on the basis of the legal advice it had received that Sreenijin would not come under the purview of such an investigation as he could not be included in the category of public servants. Sreenijin is a lawyer and he had told the Income Tax Department that the assets were bought with money earned from the profession.

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