Vigilance likely to go ahead with probe against CJI''s kin

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 13 (PTI) The Vigilance andAnti-Corruption Bureau in Kerala is likely to go ahead with aninquiry into the charges of amassing wealth by P V Sreenijan,son-in-law of former CJI K G Balakrishan.

Despite the initial suggestion from VACB legal advisorthat legal grounds for such an inquiry were slim, theVigilance Director conveyed to the Home department that thegovernment had the authority to order any type of inquiry.

On obtaining preliminary legal opinion on the issue, theVACB had asked the legal advisor to look into the provisionsof the Anti-Corruption Act.

According to official sources here, an order on theinquiry is expected to be issued in a day or two.

The recommendation to conduct an inquiry againstSreenijan was given by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan lastweek based on a private petition received by him.

A former vice-president of Youth Congress in Kerala,Sreenijan, who unsuccessfully contested the 2006 Assemblyelection from Njarakkal segment in Erakulam district, resignedthe primary membership of the organisation last week aftercoming under the cloud of allegations.

Balakrishnan''s two sons-in-law -- Sreenijan and Benny --and younger brother K G Bhaskaran have been accused ofamassing properties worth crores in Ernakulam and Thrissurdistricts.

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