Anil Akkara says CM aware of FCRA violation in Life Mission project, to ‘release evidence’

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Congress leader Anil Akkara | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Wadakanchery: Former MLA and Congress leader Anil Akkara said that he will release evidence to prove that chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan was aware of violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) in the Life Mission housing complex project dealings.

The former MLA said he would hold a press conference at 12 pm on Friday to release the documents. He also posted a vague image of a purported government communication regarding the Life Mission project.

Chief minister’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar is currently in jail in the case registered by Enforcement Directorate over alleged FCRA violation in the Life Mission project. ED has sent notice for questioning CM’s additional private secretary CM Raveendran in the case.

Besides ED, another central agency, the CBI and the state's Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau are also probing the dealings in the Life Mission project.

Swapna Suresh, who is one of the accused in the high-profile diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case registered in 2020, has claimed that a significant amount of money was paid as commission to secure the contract for the construction of an apartment complex and hospital in Wadakkanchery. The project was initiated by Red Crescent UAE, which had agreed to construct the buildings on land provided by the government of Kerala. The agreement between the government and the Red Crescent was signed on July 11, 2019. Unitac Builders was engaged by Red Crescent for the construction work, and its owner, Santhosh Eappen, has been accused of bribing officials using the funds received from Red Crescent. The money received by Red Crescent is foreign investment and is subject to regulations under FCRA. The government has denied knowledge of any wrongdoings hence the contract does not involve any money dealings with the government. It said the Red Crescent was in charge of building the house and hospital and the state provided only the land.

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