LIFE Mission Project: Govt of Kerala orders for investigation

The LIFE Mission Project in Kerala will now be investigated. The Kerala government has ordered a diligence inquiry into the contract of Red Crescent, an NGO based in the United Arab Emirates, with the LIFE Mission project. The NGO had signed an MoU with the government for the construction of an apartment complex under the project, meant for building a home for the poor in the state. More than a month ago, the Opposition mounted question of a commission received by Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the gold smuggling case, from the Red Crescent for the house project.

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had then told the reporters that Red Crescent was a charity organization of the UAE and Swapna a former employee of the UAE Consulate, and if funds were misappropriated action would be taken. However, the government had no involvement in this, since its only role was to provide land for the project, he stated. Anil Akkara, the Congress legislator from Wadakkancherry in Thrissur, had raised questions about the wrongdoings in the building project in his constituency.

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Conversing to the media, Anil Akkara said it was he who had first raised this fraud and approached Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan seeking justice. "Pinarayi Vijayan has been silent for long and despite repeated requests from the Congress side for a probe. I first approached the Governor. Then, I wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation and today Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered a Vigilance probe because it's now come to light that the CBI is all set to probe this case. There is no point in the Vigilance probe, as it is headed by Pinarayi himself," said Anil Akkara.

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