Pressure on Jayarajan to resign
Thiruvananthapuram: Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, who is now facing quick verification by the Vigilance over nepotism charges, is learnt to have handed over his resignation letter to the Chief Minister on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) Director Jacob Thomas has briefed the Chief Minister about the procedures of the quick verification. An official statement regarding this is expected on Friday.
Though Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPM state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan held several round of talks on Thursday on the matter, no decision has been taken over Jayarajan issue.
Vigilance Special Unit 2 is in charge of probe against Jayarajan and Vigilance SP K Jayakumar will head the investigation team.
In the wake of the controversy, the government has decided to bring a law to prevent nepotism in appointments in key positions in public sector units.
The cabinet has also entrusted Chief Secretary S M Vijayanand to examine various complaints with regard to the appointments which have become controversial.
The cabinet also decided that henceforth vigilance clearance would be mandatory for appointment of posts like Managing Director and General Manager in state PSUs.
The Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance Court has asked the Vigilance to make clear its stance on the nepotism charges against Jayarajan when the matter comes up for hearing at the court on Friday.
The VACB had received legal advice to initiative probe on the allegations against the Minister as there is prima facie evidence against him.