Kerala BJP leader took bribe, promised MCI tag: party probe

The committee report, which has recommended action against the party leader, is expected to be discussed at the next state committee meeting of the BJP. Vinod, who is the state convener of BJP’s cooperative cell, according to the report, paid this money to a Delhi-based middleman through a hawala dealer near Kochi.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 20, 2017 5:26 am
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An internal probe ordered by Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has left many red faces in the party over revelations of an alleged bribe being paid to a BJP leader in lieu of getting Medical Council of India’s recognition for a private medical college in the state.

First reported by Asianet, the two-member probe committee of senior BJP leaders K P Sreesan Master and A K Nazeer found that a party leader confessed he had taken Rs 5.60 crore from the owner of a medical college to be allegedly paid to MCI authorities in Delhi. The committee observed that the “corruption charges were very serious in nature” and cannot be allowed under the party regime at the Centre.

The committee report, which has recommended action against the party leader, is expected to be discussed at the next state committee meeting of the BJP.

The probe was ordered after a complaint to the party in mid-May by R Shaji, chairman of S R Educational and Charitable Trust, Varkala. Shaji alleged that he had paid Rs 5.60 crore to young BJP leader R S Vinod to get MCI sanction for his medical college.

Vinod, who is the state convener of BJP’s cooperative cell, according to the report, paid this money to a Delhi-based middleman through a hawala dealer near Kochi.

The probe committee recorded statements from six persons allegedly involved in the case including the middleman.

In his testimony to the committee, Shaji claimed he was told by Vinod that the Delhi middleman could influence MCI and that he had been instrumental in ensuring MCI recognition for several medical colleges.

Shaji alleged that one Rakesh Sivaraman, posing as private secretary to the BJP state president, had introduced the middleman to him through Vinod. Shaji told the committee that Vinod had demanded Rs 17 crore for securing MCI’s recognition.

Shaji said that when the MCI came to inspect his college — contrary to the middleman’s assurance — he realized that the money he had paid had failed to reach MCI authorities.

The probe committee said that Vinod admitted he had taken money from Shaji but had claimed that the deal was part of his “business” and not related to the party. The commission said it was shocked at the stand of party leader Vinod.

When asked about his name figuring in the report, state general secretary M T Ramesh told The Indian Express: “I haven’t taken money from anyone in connection with the MCI recognition for medical colleges.’’ BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan was not available for comment.

When contacted in Delhi, P Muralidhar Rao, General Secretary of BJP, said: “No state leader has any access to administrative machinery at the Centre. I do not think this story is substantiated by facts. To me it appears to be a dubious report.”

Incidentally, yesterday, the Supreme Court approved a five-member panel of eminent doctors to oversee the MCI’s affairs and to issue “remedial directions” for improvement in its functioning. (with ENS, Delhi)

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    khaja
    Jul 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    Bribe Masters ki Jai......, it seems that Muralidhar Rao is a real RSS trained, who refuted the claim as they used to do always, others are half baked, still they need more training.
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      ATWOZ
      Jul 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm
      Quote "The committee observed that the “corruption charges were very serious in nature” and cannot be allowed under the party regime at the Centre." Unquote It means after the current Government people in BJP can be corrupt and they can blame the ruling Government. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH......... JOKERS......
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        Kunjan
        Jul 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm
        The BJP people will do anything if there is money involved. During their previous regime, it was through allotment of gas agencies. Even at that time it was heard that they had mustered around 22 crores. Now situation has changed and it is windfall for corrupt politicians. They will go to the maximum extent. Even petty BMS leaders have amassed a good fortune through highhandedness. They are all like other politicians. There is no differentiation. Only in the slogan - party with a difference. Yes, true they will do everything with a difference to get money as well as positions through coercive politics of their trade union leaders.
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          Joykutty Cherian
          Jul 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm
          BJP fought 2014 May election in the name of corruption. Now they are trapped in the same money-trap. This is only a pittance. What about the money they might have made behind demonetization...?
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            Nagar Iyer
            Jul 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm
            Corrupt people are in every party. (I) 'What percentage' of members is corrupt makes the difference. BJP with 'minuscule corrupt members' is definitely a PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE. (II) How soon or swift action is followed up on detection of a corrupt practice makes the difference. BJP is definitely a PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE in this respect too because very quick 'follow up action' is taken even in trivial cases.
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              Babu
              Jul 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm
              I do salute Sri Kummanam Rajasekharan for taking immediate steps. Let BJP be a party WITH A DIFFERENCE. T.R. Ramesh and the people like him should be thrown out of the party.
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            Sujatha Selvam
            Jul 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm
            And BJP professes that it is a corrupt free government! There is no corruption in the government and the party. Believe me, BJP is the most corrupt and dishonest party compared to all present and past political parties in India. A day will come, yes, very soon, when their real faces will be unmasked. These BJP people thinks that they got the upper hand in every matter and treat all others, including common man as trash. The bubble is going to be burst soon. Wait and watch. Amit Shah, however crook he may be, will be exposed soon and his dirty tricks will be the biggest reason for BJP's downfall.
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              cbonf
              Jul 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm
              {Modi will be our PM at least till 2034.} [Yogi will take over from 2034] (BJP led NDA Government will be in power at least till 2100). [Are you predicting what is going to happen after 2100?] I agree Amit Shah looks like a bubble. But he is NOT a bubble that will burst so soon. Shah will be doing the BACK SEAT DRIVING of 'BJP party' 'NDA Government' at least till 2050
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                Sujatha Selvam
                Jul 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                You are really living in a fool's paradise. BJP's count down for the fall, already started.
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              Kamal Pasha
              Jul 20, 2017 at 11:55 am
              Bapuji, see what they are doing to your country. One cannot get his true work done without paying money. Those who killed you are now ruling India, the way they want, not the way you wanted as equal rights for all sects of religion and castes.
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                M.P.Rao
                Jul 20, 2017 at 11:41 am
                BJP is no exception to the cancer of corruption plaguing the country.Since they cry from house tops that they have zero tolerence to corruption,let them prove it by their action in this particular case.
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                  Rene Fernandez
                  Jul 20, 2017 at 11:25 am
                  Shame on the BJP who are claiming to give a clean image . Even in MP the Vyapam scam is huge but yet because of government control of CBI no probe has been ordered . Also in MP yesterday the India Today expose showed how the Onion producing farmers were cheated and how the "auctions" in the mandi's are "fixed" by the corrupt bureaucrats and traders nexus . This could be happening also in other states and farmers produce and their MUST URGENTLY BE REFORMED TO avoid any corruption
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