Triple murder probe: Clean chit to Chennithala
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Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011, 16:30
Thiruvananthapuram: A Vigilance probe has found that there is no evidence that KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala had tried to shield accused in a triple murder case.

The probe by State Vigilance and Anti-corruption bureau was ordered by the previous LDF government based on a complaint that Chennithala accepted a "huge amount" as bribe to save the accused, who ran a private chit fund, of murdering a staff member of the firm at Kannichikulangara in Alappuzha district in 2007.

The allegations that the accused had planned to purchase 45.3 acres of land worth about Rs eight crores for Chennithala was found to be untrue, the Chief Minister's office, citing the Vigilance report, said.

Though the Vigilance had submitted its report in March last year itself, the LDF government did not make it public, the sources said.

Chit fund staff member Ramesh was killed when the car in which he was travelling was hit by a truck on the National Highway in Kannichikulagara. Two other persons who were travelling in the car were also killed.

Following investigation, the accused were convicted and sentenced for murder and conspiracy.


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 16:30

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