Thiruvananthapuram: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) on Monday submitted a report acquitting former Industries Minister E P Jayarajan in the nepotism case.

The report was submitted to the VACB Director by Vigilance SP K Jayakumar. The probe team, in its report, also sought to close the case after it received legal opinion that the offences may not lie against him.

The report will be submitted at the Court after scrutiny by the Vigilance chief.

The report gives a clean chit to Jayarajan in the case, which had triggered many debates across the state. 

He had resigned as Industries Minister last October in the wake of row over appointment of his relative in a public sector undertaking in the industries department.

Jayarajan was accused of appointing his nephew, P K Sudheer Nambiar as Managing Director of Kerala Industrial Enterprises Ltd. Sudheer, son of CPM central committee member and MP P K Sreemathi, is second accused in the case.

The appointment was later quashed by the government.

Jayarajan, who had successfully contested from Mattannur in northern Kannur district, was a member of the legislative assembly from 1991-96. He was again elected in 2011.