Congress highlights 'AI camera angle' as Mohammed Hanish returns to industries department

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Mohammed Hanish-Ramesh Chennithala | Photos: Ajith Panachikkal, Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress legislator Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday slammed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for first removing a top IAS officer entrusted with preparing a report on the alleged AI camera scam, then giving his post back after "he gave a clean chit in the matter".

Top IAS officer Mohammed Hanish, who was the Industries Secretary, was taken off the post last week, and given the charge of Revenue. However, he was soon shifted to Health Department.

On Saturday, a day after he gave a clean chit to the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government on AI camera deals, he was given back the Industries Secretary post.

Chennithala termed the move as a shameful act. " When an official was hesitant to give a favourable report, he was shifted out and when he gave the report that you (Vijayan) wanted, he has been given back the post he was holding," Chennithala alleged.

He further said that "anyone who reads the report it's quite clear that this is a tailored one".

These AI cameras were purchased for the Motor Vehicle Department to check over-speeding vehicles.

Even though it was the state-owned Keltron that was given the tender, the Opposition alleges that all the manipulation took place when Keltron subcontracted the business to companies that had no previous experience in this field, and a relative of CM Vijayan got the contract.

Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan said that Vijayan is silent on the matter as the latter knows that there has been foul play.

Meanwhile, the regime has not yet responded to the allegations.

With IANS inputs

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