Sunday, November 1, 2015

Chakkittapara: No evidence against former minister Kareem, says vigilance

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The vigilance Sunday dismissed the allegation that former industries minister Elamaram Kareem took a bribe of Rs 5 crore for giving approval for mining at Chakkittapara in Kozhikode during the previous LDF tenure.

Vigilance director Winson M Paul accepted the report produced by vigilance SP R Sukesan citing no evidence for registering case against Kareem. The allegation against Kareem is politically motivated. No material evidence on the allegation has been obtained. The report says the special investigating team were not able to trace the company representatives who gave the bribe.

Kareem the then industries minister gave permission for mining in May 2009. Kareem’s relative P P Noushad’s former driver Subair had alleged that the former accepted a bribe of Rs 5 crore for it. Following the allegation, the UDF Government ordered a vigilance probe. Soon behind, the UDF Government cancelled the permission for mining.

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