Income tax sleuths have started inquiring into the alleged illegal money transaction of a company involving the kin of TKA Nair, who was principal secretary and key adviser of former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh a Malayalam daily said in a report.
The report in ‘Mathrubhumi’ says the inquiry is centred around a firm called Agritho International registered in Kochi. One of the directors of this company is Advocate Vinod Kumar Kuttappan.
Kerala government had removed him from the post of standing counsel in Supreme Court, allegedly for want of required qualifications.
Other directors of the company are TKA Nair’s daughter Mini Nair, son-in-law Jayakrishnan and Kuttappan’s wife Sreekumari Amma.
Mini and Jayakrishnan gave an Australian address in their filings to the Registrar of Companies (ROC) at the time of incorporating the company.
The authorities found that this company had received Rs 45 Cr from West Asia within a short period.
Upon inquiry, the board members are reported to have told the investigators that an individual named John Geevargheese Kuruvila had transferred money to purchase an hospital in Nedumangad on the outskirts of Kerala’s capital Thiruvanathapuram, the report first carried by Mathrubhumi News said.
In its investigations, tax officials had found Kuttappan had carried out illegal money transactions in the past also. He is a relative of business man Madathil Raghu,the report said.
Kuttappan was appointed as the standing counsel of Supreme Court by the Congress government in 2014. While the Mathrubhumi report says he continued in the post for an year, other sources say he was removed overnight by Kerala government’s Law Department after it found out that he did not have the prescribed qualifications.
TKA Nair, a 1963 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre, was appointed as adviser to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh after being the principal secretary for seven years.
He has also served twice in the prime minister’s office (PMO) under IK Gujral and Atal Behari Vajpayee.
Nair was questioned by the CBI last year in connection with the alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco.