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Election Commission began its own probe on the allegations

Bribe For Contesting As NDA Candidate; Case Against K Surendran; CK Janu Also Booked

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Friday Jun 18, 2021

Kalpetta : Bathery police registered case aginst K Surendran for allegedly paying  Rs 50 lakhs in bribe  to CK Janu for  contesting election as NDA candidate. The case was booked following order from Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Kalpetta. Former state president to Janadhipathya Rashtriya Party(JRP) , CK Janu, too has been arraigned in the case. According to the complaint, Janu was paid Rs 50 lakhs in two installments to have her contest as NDA candidate from Bathery. As the incident took place in Bathery station limits, the court directed police there to register the case.

JRP treasurer, Praseetha, earlier came out with revelations of K Surendran delivering lumpsum to CK Janu at Hotel Horizon in Thiruvananthapuram, where they had arrived to receive the money in March. Praseetha also released voice recording of phone conversations in evidence of that transaction - all of which were considered by court while  issuing order toward booking the duo.

The complaint states the reward was handed without disclosing source to the money and further accused Janu for accepting such  sum. The alleged acts  amount to violation of code of conduct. The accused will be brought in for questioning after taking witness statements, said the police. K Surendran is  being separately probed by Crime Branch for bribing BSP’s Manjeshwaram candidate to withdraw his nomination.

Election Commission Seeks Report
On parallel, the Election Commissioner Tikaram Meena has begun  probe into corruption involving K Surendran and asked state DGP for report on the case. Soon as the report comes by, the chief Election Officer will issue notice to K Surendran and evidence substantiating allegation if found could lead to conviction, said Election Commission(EC).

Salim Mattavoor’s Complaint
The developments come following complaint lodged by Loktantrik Yuva Janata Dal national president, Salim Mattavoor that siad :-  K Saurendran transported black money during his helicopter trips in election days; Surendran bribed independent candidate in Manjeswaram to drop out of the election race; he also bribed CK Janu to contest as NDA candidate, and that in commiting these acts,  K Surendran aimed to sabotage elections.