Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Industries and Sports, E. P. Jayarajan has come out to defend the Kerala government in the controversy over Thiruvananthapuram airport.
The Minister said the Kerala government was unaware of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ links with Adani Group. He alleged that the company kept the government in the dark regarding its links with Adani Group secret.
“The government was unaware that Gautam Adani’s son’s father in law was the owner of the company. It approached the firm as it was a ‘gentlemen’ legal consultancy,” he added.
But when the company came to know that the government was moving against Adani Group, it should have informed the government or KSIDC of its links, he said.
Now the government understands that Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas concealed these matters from the government. Only after the controversy broke out did we understand that the firm had links with Adani, Jayarajan added.
Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation had appointed Netherlands-based global consultancy firm KPMG and Mumbai-based Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as consultancies while bidding for the airport.
An RTI response also revealed that the Kerala government paid Rs 55,39,522 as ‘professional fee for bidding’ to the law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.