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Last Updated Saturday July 29 2017 12:23 AM IST

Vigilance gives clean chit to Chandy, Mani in Karunya lottery scam

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KM Mani and Oommen Chandy K.M. Mani and Oommen Chandy. File photo

Thiruvananthapuram: The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (VACB) has given clean chit to former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and former finance minister K.M. Mani in a case related to alleged irregularities in Karunya lottery medical aid scheme.

The VACB submitted a report of the quick verification against the two to the Vigilance court here. The court will consider the report next month.

The report said that the former ministers had no role in the corruption. However, it has been found that some middlemen had exploited the provisions in the scheme.

The quick verification was conducted into allegations that the total revenue from Karunya lottery sales was not distributed as aid for medical treatment as promised. It was also alleged that most of the aid was given to undeserving people and that there were discrepancies in the selection of beneficiaries.

Apart from Chandy and Mani, additional chief secretary (finance) K.M. Abraham and lottery director Himanshu Kumar faced the probe.

The vigilance sleuths have found that several agents had, in well-planned move, illegally availed the Rs 5,000 aid package, which the beneficiaries can access on production of OP ticket under the scheme.

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