The vigilance department will conduct the probe against Kerala Minister J Mercykutty.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: J Mercykutty, a woman minister in the Kerala government, will be investigated for corruption, the state vigilance department has decided.
Mercykutty Amma, as she is known, has been accused of misusing her office - she is the Fisheries and Cashews Minister -- to facilitate a Rs. 10-crore scam.
A complaint filed by an advocate affiliated with the Congress, says that the minister, in her early 60s, allowed a firm to buy cashews at an inflated price, rejecting bids that were far more reasonable. The complaint also says that cashews bought were of poor quality.
In June, the Left-led coalition replaced the Congress-led government in Kerala. Just after 5 months of coming to power, a key LDF minister, EP Jayarajan, had to quit over allegations of nepotism.
The investigation will also examine if the minister's husband B Thulaseedhara Kurup, who allegedly helped the minister in sourcing the inflated tenders, was involved.