CBI files plea seeking to vacate stay on probe against Life Mission CEO

The CBI on Thursday filed a plea inthe Kerala High Court seeking to vacate its interim orderstaying investigation against the CEO of LIFE Mission, a statehousing project, over alleged FCRA violations.

The agency submitted that the order creates a seriousroadblock in the investigation of the case in connection withallegedly receiving funds from a foreign sponsor forconstruction of dwelling units in Thrissur district.

The CBI said because of the stay order the agency isunable to collect the files of the LIFE Mission and also fromthe state government relating to the case.

In its order dated October 13, the single benchof the high court had granted the interim stay on a plea byLife Mission CEO U V Jose challenging the registration of theFIR by the central agency against unknown officials of LifeMission.

The Court, however, had allowed the CBI tocontinue its probe initiated against the Managing Director ofUnitac, a private firm which has been awarded the contract forconstruction of the houses in Wadakkanchery Municipality.

In the petition for early posting of the casefor hearing and its disposal, the CBI on Thursday said it wasalso unable to summon and question officials, governmentservants and people acquainted with the facts of the case andtherefore the stay order creates serious roadblocks in theinvestigation.

“Besides the case is one that requires judicialsettlement of important and seminal questions of importance.

The CBI is ready and willing to address arguments as soon aspossible.

The subject matter of the case is relating to theinterests of the state,” the agency said in the petition.

The CBI said serious investigation has to beundertaken to unearth the deeper conspiracy in the case.

“So the interim order has to be vacated in theinterests of justice.This court has already said that largerquestions are involved in this case and required to bedetermined.

The CBI is ready to argue the whole case and thecontinuation of the interim stay order is against interests ofjustice,” the agency said.

The case was registered on the basis of a complaint byCongress MLA Anil Akkara alleging violation of the provisionsof the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) inacceptance of funds from a UAE aid agency for executing thehousing project for the poor.

Akkara, representing Wadakkancherry constituency, inhis complaint with the CBIs unit here contended thatacceptance of funds by Unitac Builders and Developers and SaneVentures LLP from Red Crescent, the UAE-based aid agency, withthe concurrence of the LIFE Mission, a Kerala governmentagency, was illegal and in violation of FCRA provisions.

Based on the complaint, an FIR was registered by the CBI,for offences under Indian Penal Code Section 120B (punishmentof criminal conspiracy) read with Section 3 of the FCRAagainst Unitac Builders and Developers Managing DirectorSantosh Eappen, Sane Ventures LLP and unknown officials of theLIFE Mission Kerala and others.

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