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June 19, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Spirit scandal probe

The decision has been made despite the fact that both states have appointed inquiry commissions for the purpose.

By: Editorial |
June 19, 2021 4:00:31 am
Chief Ministers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu said that the commissions formed by their states will continue their work.

The Centre has appointed S K Ray, former chief justice of Orissa High Court, to probe the spirit scandal involving Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The decision has been made despite the fact that both states have appointed inquiry commissions for the purpose. Ray has been asked to submit his report in six months. He will enquire into how large quantities of molasses from sugarcane factories in Tamil Nadu were diverted for conversion to rectified spirit resulting in losses to the state’s exchequer. He will also be looking into the illegal movement of the rectified spirit from Tamil Nadu to Kerala in June 1979. Chief Ministers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu said that the commissions formed by their states will continue their work.

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