Govt okays Vigilance inquiry against MLA K M Shaji; he says 'as expected'


The complaint said Shaji took Rs 25 lakh in connection with allowing higher secondary classes at Azhikode school

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has given green signal to Vigilance probe against Muslim League leader and Azhikode MLA K M Shaji. The enquiry is mooted based on a bribery allegation of Rs 25 lakh that Shaji allegedly accepted for approving higher secondary at Azhikode school.

Kannur block panchayat president Padmanabhan filed a case in this regard with Vigilance in 2017. Primary investigation was conducted then and found the complaint to be true. Vigilance had then requested permission for further enquiry to Assembly Speaker and government. This has been granted now.

The incident relating to the case happened in 2013-14 during the UDF reign. The complaint said Shaji took Rs 25 lakh in connection with allowing higher secondary classes at Azhikode school.

However, responding to the order, Shaji said that this is the most elementary revenge he expected from Pinarayi Vijayan government. He also said that there is no truth in the complaint.

“I have no authority to sanction higher secondary or any batch for a school. I am an MLA. Courses can be approved only by a minister. The allegation is that I went to the minister and got it approved,” he added.

It is a political revenge. A political idol developed with spending crores of money was destroyed in a matter of two days. It is very natural that they see me as an enemy and seek revenge, he further said.

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