HC relaxes strict bail conditions imposed on former minister Ebrahim Kunju

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Kochi, Jul 19 (PTI) The Kerala High Court on Monday relaxed the strict bail conditions imposed on former state minister V K Ebrahim Kunju, who was arrested by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) in the flyover scam case.

Considering a plea filed by Kunju, seeking relaxation in the bail conditions imposed on him, Justice P V Kunhikrishnan allowed him to travel beyond the jurisdictional limit of Ernakulam district, observing that a person's liberty to move cannot be restrained indefinitely.

Granting Kunju bail on January 8 this year, the court, along with other conditions, had directed him not to leave the jurisdictional limit of Ernakulam district.

Kunju, a senior leader of the IUML, was then granted bail considering his ill health.

He was arrested on November 18 last year in connection with alleged corruption in the construction of a flyover at Palarivattom here during the previous Congress-led UDF rule.

The Vigilance has alleged that Kunju, the then Public Works Department Minister, sanctioned interest-free funds to the contracting company, which had built the flyover, now closed after it developed cracks within a year of its inauguration in 2016.

Kunju has dismissed as 'politically motivated' the charges that he was responsible for the poor quality of the bridge. PTI COR TGB APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR

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