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Coimbatore

BJP in tight spot as ED begins probe into medical college bribe case

Covai Post Network

Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate​ has started a probe into the alleged laundering of money of Rs 5.6 crore to be handed over to MCI officials at New Delhi for granting permission for starting a Medical college near Thiruvananthapuram.

The directorate sleuths were collecting details of hawala dealers operating in Perumbavoor near here.

The matter assumes seriousness as the transaction was violation of the Prevention of Money Laundering (Act) in 2002. A senior BJP leader R S Vinod was expelled from the party after a two member committee found him guilty.

The vigilance has served notices to the two members of the committee comprising K P Sreeshan and A K Nazeer to appear before it for deposition.

Meanwhile, the core committee meeting of BJP at Thiruvananthapuram​ witnessed​ dramatic scenes when party General Secretary M T Ramesh wept inconsolably and accused his rivals in the party of plotting to finish him off by branding him corrupt.

He said he would quit the party rather than hanging on if action was not against those who tried to defame him.RSS leader B L Santosh was present at the meeting.

Actor Suresh Gopi, MP, of BJP, told reporters here that the veracity of the report of the two member committee should be examined. It needed to be ascertained whether the leaders were really involved or the were trapped, he said.

BJP’S image has nosedived in the last few months as its leaders were involved in all wrong things. Last month two of its leaders were expelled in connection with fake currency printing case in Thrissur.

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