Case against CPI (M) former branch secretary, others for swindling Kudumbashree loans
Nenmara (Palakkad): Police registered nine more cases in connection with the incident in which loans taken via Kudumbashree were swindled.
Cases were charged against Nemmara panchayat Kudumbashree chairperson Reena Subrahmanian, former secretary of CPI (M) Mattuppara branch V. Anil Kumar and Kumar who took care of Anil Kumar's farm.
20 Kudumbashree units in Vakkavu had lodged complaints with the police pointing out that they were cheated by not giving full loan amount.
They were offered bank loans for starting banana farming. Rs 83 lakh was allotted as loan from Canara Bank Nemmara branch for the 20 units as recommended by the Kudumbashree chairperson. However, the amount was not fully distributed among the Kudumbashree units and they filed a complaint with the CPI (M).
The Kudumbashree members told police that the accused collected Rs 3 lakh from each unit for arranging land for lease. However, the units did not get the land and the amount was not returned. Following this, police raided the houses of the accused. Mathrubhumi had revealed the swindling of Kudumbashree loans in 2017.
Based on a complaint, the CPI (M) appointed a 3-member commission to inquire about the case. The panel found that Rs 62 lakh was swindled. Subsequently, the Kudumbashree chairperson and former branch secretary were removed from the primary membership of CPI (M) in 2019. However, the Kudumbashree chairperson is still holding the post.
Following this, a group of CPI (M) workers filed a complaint to the district and state leadership stating that the party decision was not implemented. The CPI (M) had held talks to settle the issue by returning the loan amount. However, the Kudumbashree members said they did not get the money.