Life Mission: Probe into scam still possible as per FCRA, say legal experts


Unitac MD Santhosh Eappen had admitted in a petition that he handed over Rs 4.5 crore as commission.

The controversial apartment complex being built at Wadakkanchery under the Life Mission Project | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The legal experts opined that investigation can be continued into the scam related to the Life Mission flat construction in Wadakkancherry on the basis of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), even though the High Court has issued an interim stay on CBI probe for two months.

The contract company Unitac Builders had admitted that they provided Rs 4.5 crore as commission from the fund granted by Red Crescent. The legal sources pointed out that the court order specifically stated if the fund granted by foreign agency is proved to have handed over to any government employees or public servants, legal action can be taken as per the FCRA.

The moves of the CBI is crucial in the case. CBI had stated in the court that former principal secretary M Sivasankar is involved in the Wadakkancherry Life Mission deal. The court also mentioned in the order staying CBI probe into case that Unitac bribed the UAE consulate and others in the deal.

Unitac MD Santhosh Eappen had admitted in a petition that he handed over Rs 4.5 crore as commission. The court asked if this can be an offence and also pointed out section 3(2)(b) of the FCRA which states about the people who receive foreign fund. The supreme court lawyers opined that this mention by the court is very important.

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