After Congress, Finance Minister Issac backs bureaucrat facing probe

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 30 (IANS) Afer the Congress-led opposition pitched for top Kerala bureaucrat K.M. Abraham who is facing a vigilance inquiry, state Finance Minister Thomas Issac on Sunday also expressed support for the officer.

“He (Abraham) has a clean track record and he has proved the same when he worked for the Centre and with successive state governments here. His tirades against corruption are also known and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will look into the present issues,” Issac told reporters in Alappuzha.

Abraham, who holds the rank of Additional Chief Secretary and is also the Finance Secretary is currently under the scanner of the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau. The bureau raided his house last week, which raised a furore in the assembly with the Congress slamming the action as an act of vengeance unleashed by Vigilance head Jacob Thomas.

A vigilance court here ordered a probe following a petition by a public activist that Abraham has acquired assets beyond his known sources of income.

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other top Congress leaders had slammed the manner in which the Vigilance sleuths arrived at Abraham’s house here without a warrant but went ahead with the raid. Though the team had no women, the raid went on when his wife was alone in the house.

Abraham had brought this to the attention of Vijayan and said that this was a purposeful act done to bring disrepute to his credentials, while he has no qualms facing the probe.

With the issue surfacing in the media, Thomas said that he was not in the know of the search in Abraham’s residence and Vijayan has ordered a probe into the raid.