ईडी ने 'अवैध भुगतान घोटाले' में केरल के मुख्यमंत्री की बेटी के खिलाफ जांच शुरू की।

ईडी ने 'अवैध भुगतान घोटाले' में केरल के मुख्यमंत्री की बेटी के खिलाफ जांच शुरू की।

ED starts investigation against Kerala Chief Minister's daughter in 'illegal payments scam'.

Enforcement Directorate probes alleged illegal payments by Kerala CM's daughter's firm. SFIO and income tax also investigating.

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  • 27, Mar, 2024
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ED starts investigation against Kerala Chief Minister's daughter in 'illegal payments scam'.

The Enforcement Directorate has launched an investigation into an alleged illicit payment controversy involving the daughter of Kerala Chief Minister and CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan.

Veena Vijayan, the daughter in question, has come under scrutiny from various central government agencies following a report by the income tax department last year. The report, concerning Cochin Minerals and Rutile Limited (CMRL) based in Kochi, suggested that the company made unauthorized payments totalling Rs 1.72 crore to her information technology firm, Exalogic Solutions Private Limited, over three years from 2018 to 2019, despite the latter not rendering any services.

As a result, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), operating under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, also initiated an inquiry into Veena's company. In a recent development, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a plea by Exalogic Solutions Private Limited challenging the SFIO investigation. Additionally, in Kerala, the State-run Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), which holds equity in CMRL, contested the SFIO's investigation in the high court. However, the court not only declined to halt the investigation but also demanded evidence of KSIDC's good faith.

The ED's involvement stems from a complaint lodged by Shone George, a member of the Kottayam district panchayat and the son of senior politician P C George, who recently joined the BJP. George urged the ED to investigate Veena's firm, CMRL, and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, alleging that Exalogic's financial transactions involved money laundering and therefore warranted ED intervention.

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