Probe over Life Mission scam to intensify again, Vigilance to quiz Sarith on June 16

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Thiruvananthapuram: Following the controversies with the recent statement of Swapna Suresh, Vigilance strengthened the probe over Life Mission case in Wadakkanchery. A notice has been issued demanding accused Sarith to appear on June 16. Some of the other suspects also will be summoned for interrogation.

The probe has been intensified after the Supreme Court ordered CBI to continue with probe. The CBI team had also obtained statement of Sarith. However, the Court has not intervened in the course of the Vigilance probe.

The Vigilance team had earlier handed over the related documents of the Wadakkanchery flat case to the CBI. Vigilance has been proceeding the case by enlisting eight persons, including Swapna Suresh, M Sivasankar and Sarith as the accused. After an inspection of the documents procured from the suspects, Vigilance found that the money had been transported abroad. The team may seek legal advice in connection with the case. Vigilance has delivered a report to the government stating no defects were found in the construction of the flats.

The officials had alleged that the Life Mission case had become idle lately. Many of the officials have been relieved from the team. The new officers inducted in lieu of them have to study the case now.

The project was intended to build houses for 140 families in Wadakkanchery through the Life Mission scheme by spending Rs 14.50 crore out of Rs 18.50 crore granted by the Red Crescent via UAE consulate. The contract noted the construction of a health care centre using the remaining amount. UNITAC managing director Santhosh Eapan had informed that the accused including Swapna had received a bribe worth Rs 4.48 crore for the project. Later the government ordered an investigation in the case.

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