UV Jose | Photo: Madhuraj|Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Sources in the Enforcement Directorate claimed that the former CEO of Life Mission, UV Jose, had passed on some documents related to the Wadakkanchery project submitted by Habitat (a LIFE Mission-approved agency) to Sarith, who is an accused in the case. Sarith handed over these documents to UNITAC, which secured the contract later, ED said. The agency has reportedly fetched up emails to back up the claims.
ED claimed it had obtained digital evidence against UV Jose which affirmed his part in forwarding the plan of the building and reports filed by Habitat to Sarith.
ED claimed UV Jose told the agency that the details were forwarded to Sarith as per the directions of the Chief Minister’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar.
ED quizzed UV Jose again on Wednesday based on the statement made by UNITAC managing director Santhosh Eapen, who is currently under arrest. Sarith also reportedly stated that he received emails from UV Jose.
Initially, Habitat had been entitled as the project management head of the LIFE Mission scheme. Soon Habitat submitted the project plan, soil test report and project report, which were allegedly forwarded to Sarith by UV Jose.
It is alleged that Rs 4.5 crore of the Rs 20-crore project was spent by UNITAC as a commission to win the project. However, the government maintains that it had no role in selecting the builder since it was the duty of the Red Crescent which agreed to build a housing complex and a hospitalon the land given by the government in Wadakkancherry.