Vigilance seeks 6 more months for Santosh probe

Vigilance today sought 6 more months time to complete investigation and file report in a complaint by godman Santosh Madhavan that he had allegedly paid Rs 70 lakh to V A Arun Kumar, son of V S Achutanandan.

Kochi: Vigilance today sought 6 more months
time to complete investigation and file report in a complaint
by godman Santosh Madhavan that he had allegedly paid Rs 70
lakh to V A Arun Kumar, son of former Kerala chief minister V
S Achutanandan, for getting necessary permission to fill about
200 acres of wetland in Kottayam district.

Vigilance SP, P Radhakrishnan made a submission in this
regard to the court today.

The alleged incident took place in 2006-07 and an inquiry
team was finding it difficult to trace witnesses and
documents, and hence 6 more months was needed for completing
the probe, it was stated.

Earlier, a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice
Manjula Chellur and justice P R Ramachandran Menon had
directed the state government to file a statement on the
present status of the vigilance inquiry into the allegation
levelled by Santosh Madhavan, who is undergoing sentence in
various rape cases.

The order was issued on a petition by V K Raju, state
general secretary of Indian Lawyers congress, alleging that
that no effective investigation had been carried out so far
despite Madhavan submitting the complaint to the Chief
Minister on July 5, 2011.

PTI