HC stays Kerala govt aid to Kochi Biennale Foundation

The Kerala High Court restrained the state government from giving Rs 4 crore aid to Kochi Biennale Foundation.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: April 13, 2013 1:52 am

The Kerala High Court Friday restrained the state government from giving Rs 4 crore aid to Kochi Biennale Foundation.

The government has dropped a vigilance investigation against two members of the private trust — Riyas Komu and Bose Krishmamachari — for misusing funds provided earlier.

Some time ago,the government had assured the court that it would not give more aid to the foundation till the probe was completed.

Cultural Affairs Minister K C Joseph said his government had decided to drop the investigation against the foundation

due to pressure mounted by legislators.

“There was immense pressure from CPI(M) and Congress legislators alike to drop the probe and allow another tranche of funds. Besides,the organisers had produced documents showing Rs 4.20 crore out of Rs 5 crore had been spent,” he said.

“The previous government had planned to help the trust in a bigger way but we have not gone to that extent,” he said.

In its recommendation for probe,the finance department had said the trust was formed just before the proposal for aid was submitted to the government and that it had not complied with norms to avail public funds.

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