Thiruvananthapuram: E P Jayarajan, who quit as Industries Minister after facing nepotism charges, has landed in another controversy with reports emerging about him having forwarded a letter to the Forest Minister demanding teak worth crores for renovating a temple that was managed by his family members.
It is learned that Jayarajan made the demand in his own official letter pad. He wanted 1200 cubic metre teak to be supplied for free for the renovation of the Kannur Irinavu temple. The Temple Trust comprises Jayarajan’s family members.
Meanwhile, Forest Minister K Raju had forwarded the letter to Kannur Division Forest Officer asking him to consider Jayarajan’s demand. The officer then sent forest staff to ascertain if the said renovation works are ongoing at the temple. The staff reported that the works are on.
Following this, Kannavanam DFO conducted a study if teak in the said quantity is available in the forest division. The Range Officer gave a reply that teak in such a huge quantity is not available in the forest, following which the Forest Minister was told that the rules do not provide for offering such huge amounts of teak.