Covid: HC rejects pleas against Lok Ayukta order for probe into purchase of PPE kits

Updated: Dec 8 2022 8:41PM

Kochi, Dec 8 (PTI) The Kerala High Court on Thursday rejected the pleas challenging a Lok Ayukta order for a preliminary probe into the allegations of abuse of financial position and corruption made against former State Health Minister K K Shailaja and various other bureaucrats in connection with purchase of PPE kits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly held that the allegations made in the complaint against the former Minister and various bureaucrats require an enquiry by the anti-corruption ombudsman - Lok Ayukta - in accordance with the law.

"On an appreciation of the contentions advanced in exhibit-P1 complaint dated February 21, 2022, we are of the view that the truth of the allegations made, with respect to abuse of financial position and corruption are matters which require enquiry by the Lok Ayukta, in accordance with law," the court said.