Monday, March 03, 2008

Kerala Court speeds up probe against CPM government

A special court here Monday asked the state vigilance department to submit within a week the findings of last year's probe into two corruption scandals worth Rs. 30 million involving Deshabhimani, the official newspaper owned by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

The fresh directions came following a request by petitioner P. Rahim to the court alleging that the CPI-M-led government was stalling the investigations.

The court had ordered an enquiry July 13 last year.

The cases pertain to Deshabhimani collecting Rs. 20 million by way of a bond from lottery kingpin S. Martin and allegations against its general manager K. Venugopal (since expelled from the CPI-M and dismissed by the newspaper), charging him with accepting a bribe of Rs.10 million from a controversial private financial institution that closed down in 2006.


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