Congress leader and former Minister K Babu, whose name was doing rounds earlier among the candidates for the coming Lok Sabha election, suffered a major setback with the vigilance court rejecting his plea to acquit him in the case against him for amassing wealth beyond his known source of income. He will have to face trial.
To make matters worse, the court also rejected his plea that transport allowance be not treated as income. The case is on the basis of a petition submitted by Tripunithura Pratikrarna Samiti. The charge is that Babu acquired illegal assets between July 2007 and May 2016.
It is alleged that nearly 50 per cent of the assets he acquired were illegal and on the basis of this, a chargesheet was filed. It was the Ernakulam vigilance special cell which proved the matter and submitted the chargesheet. Babu is on bail granted by the Muvattupuzha vigilance court.