Hearing in Palmolein case posted to Feb 26

The palmolein import graft case in which CVC PJ Thomas figures as an accused was posted to February 26 by a Vigilance Court here Friday.

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 12:30 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The palmolein import graft
case in which Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas figures as an accused was posted to February 26 by a Vigilance
Court here Friday.

Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge S Jagadees adjourned
the case as documents related to the palmolein case was yet
to be received at the court from Apex court.

The case related to loss to the tune of Rs 2.32 core
allegedly caused to the exchequer by import of palmolein
in 1991-92 when late congress leader K Karunarakan was the
chief minister and P J Thomas the Food Secretary and a member
of the Board of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation.
Thomas figures as the eighth accused in the chargesheet
filed by the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau in 2003.

According to the chargesheet, filed under the Prevention of
Corruption Act and the Indian Penel Code, the caused accused
the exchequer a loss of Rs 2.32 crore by importing palmolein
through a Malaysia based firm at exorbitant rates.
Late Karunakaran was the first accused in the case in which
Former Food Minister and congress leader T H Musthafa, senior
IAS Officer Giji Thomson, then Managing Director of Kerala
State Civil Supplies Corporation, Former Chief Secretary S
Padmakumar, Former Chairman of Kerala State Civil Supplies
Corporation Zachariah Mathew, and two representatives of the
Malaysia based Power and Energy Ltd are the other accused.

PTI