Thiruvananthapuram: A vigilance court here
on Tuesday posted to February 11 the trial in palmolein import
graft case, in which Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas
and former late chief minister K Karunakaran figure in the
list of accused.
When the case came up, Enquiry Commissioner and Special
Judge S Jagadees, observed that apex court order vacating the
stay on the trial of the case had been received.
Public Prosecutor produced the death certificate of
K Karunakaran, who was the first accused in the case.
However, other documents related to the case were yet to
be received by the court, it was stated. Considering all
facts, the court posted the case to February 11.
Meanwhile, Jiji Thomson, a senior IAS officer now an officer
with Delhi Commonwealth Games, the fifth accused in the case
filed a discharge petition.
Counsel for Thomson, a former managing director of Kerala
State Civil Supplies Corporation, argued that case against him
was not maintainable as the prosecution had not obtained prior
sanction from Centre under provisions of Prevention of
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 Karunarakan was the chief minister and PJ
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 Penal Code, the caused accused
the exchequer a loss of Rs 2.32 crore by importing palmolein
through a Malaysia based firm at exorbitant rates.
Former Food Minister and Congress leader TH Musthafa,
former chief secretary S Padmakumar, former Kerala state
Civil Supplies Corporation chairman Zachariah Mathew,
and two representatives of the Malaysia based Power and Energy
Ltd are the other accused in the case.