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Unveiling Corruption: Exalogic and Veena Vijayan’s Role in Black Sand Mining

Kuzhalnadan Releases Incriminating Documents, CPM and Pinarayi on Defensive Silence

Thiruvananthapuram: Mathew Kuzhalnadan, MLA, has forbidden him from bringing up Corruption allegations against Pinaray Vijayan in the Legislative Assembly by the Speaker. Despite being debated outside, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPM did not address the accusations. Unofficially, the CPM instructed leaders to tread cautiously. The Speaker obstructed Kuzhalnadan from addressing the Assembly. The CPM anticipated such a press conference. They’re wary of Kuzhalnadan’s allegations, fearing they might fall into a corruption trap. Kerala-Karnataka High Court is hearing the Serious Fraud Investigation Office’s probe into Exalogic, hence the caution.

Kuzhalnadan made serious allegations, claiming his daughter had received a monthly salary since 2016, coinciding with Pinarayi Vijayan’s tenure as Chief Minister. Allegedly, in exchange, the Chief Minister intervened to aid CMRL, a private black sand company. Kuzhalnadan also accused the Chief Minister of seeking a joint venture with public sector institutions to circumvent the ban on mining permits for private companies.

Speaker’s Intervention: Blocking Response

The Speaker intervened to prevent Kuzhalnadan from responding in the House and informed the Chief Minister. Kuzhalnadan also implicated Shamsir. The Chief Minister’s office is investigating how the opposition obtained these documents.

An attempt is allegedly underway for the Chief Minister’s daughter to receive corruption money from Karimanal Karta, supported by evidence of receipt. An explanation is needed for the Chief Minister’s assistance. Documents corroborating the establishment of KREM. On September 15, 2004, CMRL was granted four leases for mining black sand, valued over 1000 crores today. The deal faced legal opposition and remained stagnant until Pinarayi’s tenure, where it allegedly shifted course.

To circumvent the ban on mining contracts, CMRL approached the Central Mines Tribunal. Despite tribunal rulings, the government didn’t support the company. CMRL then appealed to the High Court, which ruled in their favor. The Supreme Court dismissed the government’s appeal on April 8, 2016. Despite the court’s stance, the Pinarayi government allegedly concealed information from the public.

Serious Allegations and Government Actions

CMRL allegedly paid Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter Veena from December 20, 2016. After March 2, 2017, Veena’s Exalogic company received payments. When industrial policy was announced on July 27, 2018, mining was to be limited to the public sector, a correction made in the Malayalam version. However, the documents suggest otherwise.

The central government banned private sector mining of atomic minerals on February 20, 2019. Contracts were canceled on March 19, 2019. CMRL’s lease was revoked on April 12, 2019. The Chief Minister summoned the file on August 27, 2019. PSU’s KSIDC and IRE partnered with KREM to start a joint venture. Kuzhalnadan seeks clarification from the Chief Minister on subsequent events. The CPM acknowledges potential pitfalls and may choose to remain silent.

Rohit Sharma

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