The CBI, probing the CEO of Life Mission, headed by the Chief Minister of the graft Life Mission. UV Jose was called in for questioning. He has been asked to appear at the CBI headquarters in Kochi on October 5 with all the documents of the Vadakkancherry project. The CBI’s follow-up action is directed to the head of the mission.
The CBI questioned Lins David, the Thrissur district coordinator of the mission, for more than three hours yesterday. Where there any other missions in the district to award the construction contract for this project to Unitec? Who are the intermediaries? Local Self Government Minister A.C. Information was sought on how Moyteen collaborated on the project. Interventions that are not in other projects are known to have been explained at the government level. Lins Davis testified that there were suggestions from some senior government officials and interference from some in the CM’s office.
The CBI had questioned Unitech MD Santosh Eepan and his wife. Santosh explained that he had given his share to Swapna Suresh for securing the contract for the project. Rs 1 crore was given to Swapna through a bank. Santosh’s documents in this regard were also handed over to the CBI. Santosh is the first accused in the case.
Life Mission CEO U.V. Jose was previously questioned by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED). An explanation was sought for the agreement reached between the UAE agency and Life Mission. The contract was signed by Jose. But Jose explained that the agreement and the policy decision to accept foreign donations were “above me, the CEO’s only duty is to implement the government’s directive”. It can no longer be deduced from that statement.
On October 5, the CBI was tasked with taking an official statement from Jose, asking for a record of the contract proceedings, and seizing the documents. With that, the CBI action will move to the next person.