Ernakulam: The High Court verdict in the monthly payment controversy involving the Chief Minister, his daughter Veena Vijayan and other political leaders is scheduled for today. The verdict is given in response to a petition asking a vigilance investigation on the matter. The Moovatupuzha Vigilance Court had rejected the petition seeking investigation. The verdict is on a petition filed by Girish Babu questioning this order of the Vigilance Court.
Girish Babu, a resident of Kalamassery, had initially approached the High Court, seeking a vigilance probe into the monthly payment controversy. However, the High Court had to appoint amicus curiae following the death of Girish Babu. It was to assess whether the petition remains relevant in light of Girish Babu’s unfortunate demise.
Girish Babu’s petition demanded a vigilance investigation against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his daughter Veena Vijayan and senior political leaders Ramesh Chennithala and Kunhalikutty.
The amicus curiae had earlier informed the High Court that the vigilance court’s order was incorrect. The amicus curiae told the court that there were witness statements of payment to political leaders and in this case an inquiry should have been ordered. The amicus curiae report had pointed out that the findings of the vigilance court were wrong.
The monthly payment controversy revolves around Veena Vijayan, who received a sum of Rs. 1.72 crore from CMRL, a black sand company. The petition contends that these financial transactions fall within the scope of the Prevention of Corruption Act, as per income tax findings.