The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau on Saturday raided the premises of former excise minister K Babu in connection with a disproportionate assets case against him.
Babu, a close confidant of former chief minister Oommen Chandy, had quit as minister after a court ordered the registration of an FIR against him in the bar bribery scam. He was later reinstated.
The FIR submitted in the Vigilance Court in Muvattupuzha said preliminary investigation has revealed that Babu abused his power and accumulated wealth and has several benami dealings inside and outside Kerala. It said Babu has purchased 120 acres of land at Theni district in Tamil Nadu.
The vigilance bureau has identified two persons, Baburam and Mohanan, who allegedly worked for Babu. While Baburam allegedly handled the land deals, Mohanan, who owns a bakery in Babu’s hometown Tripunithura, allegedly handled the money.
The duo, also named as accused in the case, reportedly led an opulent life disproportionate to their known sources of income.
Babu said the allegations made by the vigilance bureau in the FIR are baseless. “The LDF government was behind the case. I have no benami dealings and I don’t have links with the persons named as my associates,” he said.