Cashew Corporation scam: CBI files charge sheet; overlooks govt's refusal to grant permission


Shammi Prabhakar/ Mathrubhumi News

CBI needs government’s approval to prosecute as per Prevention of Corruption act. However, such an approval is not required as per the IPC act.

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Thiruvananthapuram: CBI submitted charge sheet in the Cashew Development Corporation scam. CBI filed the charge sheet as per IPC act after the state government denied permission to prosecute the accused based on anti-corruption law.

CBI blocked the government's attempt to save the accused in the Rs 500 crore corruption case by denying the permission to prosecute them. CBI needs government’s approval to prosecute as per Prevention of Corruption act. However, such an approval is not required as per the IPC act.

CBI had charged the 3 accused - former Managing Director of Cashew Corporation KA Ratheesh, former INTUC State President R Chandrasekharan and contractor Jaimohan Joseph, with cheating and conspiracy charges.

Cashew Corporation chairman Jayamohan stated that the details regarding the corruption in the corporation came out following the complaint filed by INTUC workers when R Chandrasekharan was the chairman during Oommen Chandy’s tenure.

The fact that the corruption took place during the tenure of former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should be stressed. Different investigation agencies have come out with different reports. The LDF government has not tried to save anyone in connection with case, he added.

INTUC leader Sherif Marakkar alleged that Chandrasekharan’s refusal to resign from the post of INTUC State President even after being named in the case is a huge blow to INTUC and Congress party.

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