Chennithala takes up brewery issue with Governor; says CPIM leader’s son behind

Chennithala takes up brewery issue with Governor; says CPIM leader’s son behind


The Kerala Government’s proposal to go ahead with setting up of three breweries and a bottling plant in which the Opposition suspects foul play has been taken up with the Governor. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala today met Governor P Sathasivam and sought a thorough probe into the matter.

He said the granting of permits was without consulting the Cabinet or the LDF committee. He alleged that a senior CPIM leader's son and general manager of Kinfra was involved in the 10-acre deal for Power Infratech in the Kinfra Park near Kalamassery in Kochi. The order granting land was later withdrawn and the government claimed no such deal was made and the Industries Ministry said there was no such land available.

CPM state committee member Kolliyakode Krishnan Nair's son Unnikrishnan, who is the general manager at Kinfra, told the media that he had told Power Infratech officials that land was available at the park. He added that there was nothing wrong in it as the company had made an inquiry about land availability and since it was there he informed them in the stipulated three days. It was also made clear that the company would have to get approvals from other departments concerned.

This is not the first time that the kin of Koliyakode Krishnan Nair, a three-time CPM legislator, have landed in controversies. Earlier, the party had to summon Krishnan Nair in the Kerala Law Academy strike in early 2017. The strike demanding the resignation of Law Academy principal and Krishnan Nair's niece Lakshmi Nair, accused of nepotism and harassment.