CBI investigation sought after 'unaccounted' Rs 2.35 crore charge against Kerala CM

CBI investigation sought after 'unaccounted' Rs 2.35 crore charge against Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram - Former Associate Editor of Deshabhimani, a CPI(M) mouthpiece, G Sakthidharan, has accused Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of transporting unaccounted money totaling Rs 2.35 crore from Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram during his tenure as the party secretary.

In a Facebook post, Sakthidharan revealed that Vijayan spent two days in Ernakulam to gather the money and then covertly moved it from Deshabhimani's office to Thiruvananthapuram. Allegedly, Kerala minister P Rajeev subsequently transported the funds to the CPI(M)'s state office, AKG Center, with no proper record-keeping or transparency in the transactions.

Sakthidharan's accusations emerged following his earlier post, where he didn't name anyone specifically but mentioned that a notable CPM leader had collected Rs 2.35 crore from various businessmen and transported it to Thiruvananthapuram.

In addition, Sakthidharan narrated another incident involving a wealthy individual who gifted two identically-sized currency packets to the CPM leader at a Kovalam hotel. One packet containing Rs 10 lakh was delivered to a senior party office staff member, while the other was taken to the CPM leader's residence.

Prompted by Sakthidharan's earlier assertions, Congress MP Benny Behanan filed a case to initiate an inquiry into the matter. Behanan further announced his intention to approach the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate these allegations.

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