Lottery scam in Kerala: Stage set for CBI probe
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 14:18
  
Thiruvananthapuram: Clearing the decks for a CBI probe into alleged irregularities and corruption in the operations of other state lotteries in Kerala, the UDF government has issued a notification to transfer 32 related cases to the central investigating agency.

The issuance of the notification last evening fulfilled a legal and procedural step sought by the Centre for paving the way for CBI probe into the allegations, a demand supported by both UDF and LDF leaders.

The notification, under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, would be handed over to the authority concerned at the Centre by Kerala's Resident Commissioner in New Delhi tomorrow, official sources here said.

CBI probe into alleged corruption and irregularities in running of Bhutan and Sikkim lotteries in Kerala by some lottery tycoons has been a long-pending demand of the state, supported by both the ruling UDF and the opposition LDF.

Former chief minister V S Achuthanandan, who headed the previous LDF Ministry, had twice urged the Centre to order the probe holding that a whopping sum of Rs 80,000 crore had been siphoned off Kerala over the last four years through the operation of other-state lotteries.

He had even wanted the probe to ascertain if part of the money taken out of the state through sale of lotteries had gone to suport subversive activities against the country.

However, the demand did not materialise as his government did not fulfil the procedural obligation of notifiying the cases under the relevant Act.

After assuming office last month, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy renewed the request for the CBI probe and the state was adviced that it should issue a notification.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 14:18


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