Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed for three months the Vigilance probe in the construction of a cricket stadium by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) at nearby Eda Kochi.
The interim order was forwarded by Justice K Ramakrishnan on a petition which was filed by KCA Joint Secretary Jayesh Geroge. It challenged the FIR registered on the order of Vigilance and Inquiry Commissioner and also by the Special Judge, Thrissur who sought a stay on all proceedings against KCA pursuant to the registration of the FIR.
Acknowledging the petition, the court issued a notice to three respondents, which included the state government, the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. The government pleaders took notices for Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau and DYSP Vigilance, the first and second respondents respectively.
The Vigilance took the decision to conduct a detailed investigation against the then KCA Secretary T C Mathew (now President) and 15 others, those who were connected with the alleged corruption in the purchase of the land for the stadium. The allegation was that KCA had allegedly levelled 4.10 acres of wetlands and paddy fields for the construction of the stadium, for which they did not take the required permission, thus violating Kerala Conservation of Paddy land and Wet Land Act 2008.
KCA Secretary T N Ananthkrishnan however in a statement rejected the baseless allegations that the association had taken financial help from Kerala Government. He claimed that KCA does not have any sports council affiliation and any such allegations were completely baseless .
“The association has spent crores for development and building of sports in the state, for renovating the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kaloor”. Ernakulam District Collector and nine other government agencies had submitted favourable reports for the construction of the Eda Kochi stadium after which the cabinet had given its approval.”