As the Kerala Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau continues its crackdown on senior bureaucrats, DGP (crime records bureau) N Sanker Reddy has alleged that there is an unholy nexus between the senior officials of the vigilance bureau and the complainants.
Reddy, who was the chief of the vigilance bureau during the previous UDF regime, is now facing a probe into allegations that he had tried to manipulate the probe into the bar bribery scandal against former state finance minister K M Mani. Reddy had become the vigilance chief towards the end of the UDF term after unseating Jacob Thomas, the current vigilance chief.
Reddy on Friday wrote to Thomas, alleging that the vigilance bureau had filed a report in the court due to the “unholy nexus” between the officials of the department and the complainant, Payichira Niyas. Reddy said Niyas’s complaint should not be taken into consideration as has been involved in several criminal cases in the past.
He said the report filed against him in the vigilance court was false and misleading. “There is an unholy nexus between Paichira Nawaz (the complainant) and certain higher ups in the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau engaging in illegal/criminal activities against me,” said Reddy in his complaint.
Reddy’s letter comes after a high court order earlier this week allowed the vigilance bureau to continue the probe into the allegations that he tried to manipulate the probe into bar bribery scandal.
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Vigilance SP R Sukesan had earlier said that he was forced to torpedo the probe into the bar bribery case due to Reddy’s interference. The former vigilance chief has, however, denied the allegation.
Reddy said he feared the “possibility of yet another similar vested interests acting against him to mislead the vigilance court.’’
The last two days have seen vigilance officials raiding the premises of additional chief secretaries K M Abraham and Tom Jose. Abraham has already complained to CM Pinarayi Vijayan that Thomas was acting vengefully because he had recommended action in connection with alleged financial irregularities committed by Thomas when he was a director at port department.
However, Vijayan has stood behind Thomas, considered the anti-corruption face of the government.