Life Mission Scam: CBI Registers FCRA Violation Case, Conducts Searches in Kochi
File photo of CBI Headquarters.
New Delhi/Kochi: The CBI on Friday conducted searches at two locations in Kochi after registering a case of alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act in the Kerala government's Life Mission project for providing houses for the poor, officials said. The CBI has booked Santhosh Eapan of Unitac Builders, which bagged the contract of the project, and carried out searches at his office and residence in Kochi.
The FCRA violation and corruption in the project has snowballed into a big political issue in Kerala with Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala alleging that Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the gold smuggling case, had admitted before an NIA court that she had received Rs one crore as commission from the project. The opposition has alleged that there was corruption involved in the selection of the contractor by Red Crescent.
Red Crescent, an international humanitarian movement, had agreed to provide Rs 20 crore funds towards the Life Mission project. Chennithala said the chief minister has failed to hand over a copy of the MoU signed between the Red Crescent and the state government.
He alleged that the commission involved in the case amounts to nearly Rs nine crore.