The Vigilance Court here on Friday ordered a probe against former chief minister Oommen Chandy and eight other UDF leaders in connection with the alleged illegal appointment of their relatives in various departments during the previous UDF regime.
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The court asked the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau to submit a preliminary probe report on February 6, 2017. Based on the preliminary report, the court would decide on the future course of action, including whether a case should be registered against the nine.
Petitioner A H Hafeez, who is from Thiruvananthapuram, in his complaint alleged that Chandy, former ministers Anoop Jacob, V S Sivakumar, P K Jayalakshmi, K C Joseph and K M Mani had appointed their relatives or family members of their aides in various departments while flouting norms. Other UDF leaders arraigned as respondents in the petition include Congress legislator M Vincent, ex-MLAs R Selvaraj and Ummer Master.
The petitioner alleged that those who were appointed on the basis of political consideration did not meet the eligibility criteria.
CPM leader E P Jayarajan had recently been forced to quit as Industries Minister over the appointment of two of his close relatives as senior officials of public sector undertakings.