In a report filed before the court in May, the VACB had said the offence under sections of the PCA “may not lie” against Jayarajan who had resigned as industries minister in last October in the wake of the row over the appointment of his relative in a public sector undertaking in the industries department.
In its report, the VACB had said the appointment order to the relative was issued on October 1, 2016, and a note was issued two days later cancelling the appointment.
Thereafter, a government order was issued on October 13, cancelling the appointment order, the report had said.
“… In view of the discussion with the public prosecutor in charge of the case, it may appear that the offence under section 13 (1)(d)of the PC Act may not lie against the accused by taking note of the cancellation of the appointment order and also in view of the fact that the second accused has not assumed charge, it may appear that the second accused has not gained anything ,” the report had said.
On April 10, the vigilance prosecutor had informed the court that no criminal offence was detected and the case against Jayarajan was going to be closed.Jayarajan, who was the number two in the cabinet, was accused of appointing Nambiar as Managing Director of Kerala Industrial Enterprises Ltd.
The appointment was later quashed by the government.
( Source – PTI )