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Industries minister of Kerala resigns on alleged nepotism charges

Industries minister of Kerala resigns on alleged nepotism charges

India Blooms News Service | | 14 Oct 2016, 05:05 pm
Thiruvananthapurma, Oct 14 (IBNS): E P Jayarajan, the Industries minister of Kerala, resigned on Friday on charges of nepotism, according to media reports.

Jayarajan, who had spent over four months in office, allegedly appointed his close relatives as well as that of a few other ruling CPI(M) leaders as heads of public sector undertakings in Kerala, media reported.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan confirmed the news. He added that Jayarajan admitted before the CPM state committee that he commited a mistake by appointing close relatives, reported The Indian Express.

Kerala’s Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau, on Thursday, had ordered a pilot probe into these charges against the Industries minister.

According to NDTV, the controversy erupted following appointment of P K Sudheer Nambiar, son of CPI(M) Kannur lawmaker and senior leader P K Sreemathi and nephew of Industries Minister, as the Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd allegedly without requisite qualifications.

Jayarajan was elected third time from Mattanur in Kerala.


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