03 October Tuesday

Havala Money Brought In With Knowledge Of State BJP Leaders, Probe Team Submits Report

Web Desk(TVM)Updated: Monday Aug 2, 2021

Thrissur : The probe team investigating BJP’s Kodakkara havala case submitted its report and aggregated  Rs 41 crores as  the illegal funds employed by BJP for  elections. Dossiers comprising findings together with recommendations were  submitted to Enforcement Directorate(ED), Election Commission and  Income Tax Department.  The report calls on agencies to investigate if the illicit funds deployment had in any manner  sabotaged elections held in the state.

Also to be specially probed is money paid to Konni panchayat members and money lost at Konkanapuram, the report said. A copy of the case chargesheet was handed to each of the  three agencies.

BJP brought in the illegal funds on several occasions since 6 March. The report details on adverse impact the havala money dealt to the country’s economy and the links that state BJP leaders had to  the money. A total of Rs 52 crore of havala money was brought into the state, says the report and further accuses K Surendran of distributing money for swaying votes in Konni.

Reports of three kinds were sent to Election Commission, ED and Income Tax Department each physically and  and by email. The report states that the havala money brought by BJP for  Assembly election purposes were robbed at Kodakkara with knowledge of BJP leaders themselves.  Of the total, Rs 40 crores were distributed.

Money changed hands among BJP leaders between 5 March up to 5 april. Rs 4.4 crores of BJP money destined for Palakkad was robbed at Salem in March. During the local body elections too, havala money to the tune of Rs. 12 crores made its way into the state, says the report. The chargesheet submitted before Irinjalakuda Judicial First Class Magistrate Court too mentions these happenings.  Meanwhile, a special team headed by ACP VK Raju is trying to trace source of the havala funds.  Also underway is, probe into illegal distribution of these monies during elections. Adv NK Unnikrishnan has been appointed as Special Prosecutor in the case.