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Jiji Thomson condemns the decision to import palmolein

04tvcgn06_Flak__05_2300479fThiruvananthapuram: In a revelation that may lead to new controversies, Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson has said that the state government’s decision to import palmolein in 1992 was wrong.

Thomson said that he had registered his dissent to the decision when it was made back in 1992, while he was serving as the managing director of Supplyco.

The case, which had rocked the state during the early 1990s, relates to alleged conspiracy in the import of palmolein under the counter trade system/rupee clearance scheme that was in effect at the time and the Chief Secretary was an accused in the case when the scam happened.

Among the accused in the case were former Chief Minister late K Karunakaran and P J Thomas. The case was later transferred to the Special Judge and Enquiry Commissioner, Thrissur.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had held that no case had been made out against the two officials (Jiji and P J Thomas). The CVC was of the view that the two officials had acted in accordance with a legitimately taken Cabinet decision and that the State government had not suffered any loss on account of the palmolein import.

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