Kerala HC closes BJP leader’s plea for probe into CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter’s firm

Shone George and CPI(M) leader Thomas Isaac engaged in a war of words on Facebook regarding the application moved by the BJP leader.


Published May 30, 2024 | 6:12 PMUpdatedMay 30, 2024 | 6:12 PM

Kerala High Court refused to cancel dileep's bail in actor assault case

The Kerala High Court on Thursday, 30 May, closed the petition moved by BJP leader Shone George seeking an investigation into Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter Veena T’s company under the Companies Act and action against it by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO).

With his plea being disposed of by the court, it also brought to a close the application moved by him recently alleging that Vijayan’s daughter’s now-defunct company, Exalogic, “parked” huge sums in an account in Abu Dhabi and that Canadian company SNC Lavalin routed funds to the USA through it.

Meanwhile, Shone George, a lawyer and son of veteran politician PC George, and CPI(M) leader Thomas Isaac engaged in a war of words on the social media platform Facebook regarding the application moved by the BJP leader.

Related: BJP leader moves Kerala HC against Veena’s alleged foreign bank accounts

‘Two different entities’

Isaac, also the former Finance Minister of Kerala, contended in his Facebook post that Veena’s firm and the company in UAE that George referred to were two different entities.

The CPI(M) leader also said that the company in UAE and its Malayalee owners have no political connection either.

Terming George as a “vexatious litigant”, Isaac had urged the high court not to allow him to withdraw his plea.

He had also said that the BJP leader came up with the new allegations when the Congress-led Opposition was in low spirits after Mathew Kuzhalnadan’s plea, for a probe against Vijayan over alleged financial transactions between a private mining company and Veena’s IT firm, was dismissed by a vigilance court.

George, responding to Isaac’s contentions, said that the CPI(M) leader was trying to divert the topic.

He challenged the CPI(M) leader to say that Veena’s firm does not have a bank account in the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank with herself and one Suneesh M as signatories.

George, in his post, also asked whether Isaac was aware of Veena’s bank accounts and the financial transactions in them.

Also Read: ‘God is omnipotent, believers need not encroach upon govt land’, says Kerala HC

Challenges Isaac

The BJP leader challenged the former Kerala finance minister to either answer these queries or file a defamation case against him.

Vijayan is accused of being part of the alleged corruption in awarding a contract to Canadian firm SNC Lavalin when he was Kerala Power Minister in 1996, which had allegedly caused loss to the state exchequer.

Vijayan and two others were discharged in the case by a special court in Thiruvananthapuram in 2013, a verdict upheld by the Kerala High Court in 2017 when the CBI filed an appeal against the discharge.

The agency then filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court order and the matter is still pending before the apex court.

George filed the petition seeking an SFIO probe into Veena’s firm Exalogic following the controversy which erupted in Kerala after a Malayalam daily reported last year that Kochi-based mining company CMRL had paid a total of ₹1.72 crore to the chief minister’s daughter between 2017 and 2020.

The news report had cited the ruling of an interim board for settlement and said that CMRL previously had an agreement with Veena’s IT firm for consultancy and software support services.

It also alleged that although no service was rendered by her firm, the amount was paid on a monthly basis “due to her relationship with a prominent person”.

(Disclaimer: The headline, subheads, and intro of this report along with the photos may have been reworked by South First. The rest of the content is from a syndicated feed, and has been edited for style.)