Judicial Commission inquiring into irregularities in the deal signed between
the previous UDF Government and the Adani Group over developing the Vizhinjam
port observed it could not find any vesated interest in executing the deal.
Commission - headed by Justice C N Ramachandran Nair was constituted by the LDF
government following severe strictures passed on the Ommen Chandy government on
the execution of the Port deal with the Adani group. The commission started the
hearing with the deposition from former Ports Principal Secretary James
Varghese in Kochi on April `17th.
Commission observed the deal was executed following studies carried out by
three expert agencies and was evaluated by the Empowered Committee. The state
Cabinet later took the decision to execute the Vizhinjam port project. The
decision lacks any personal interest, the Commission observed in its initial
the Commission maintained a pessimistic stand over the Adani Group enjoying the
right to mortgage the government-acquired land for the Vizhinjam project.
According to the Commission, the government will have to bow before the lenders
to whom the land will be pledged. This will lead the government to court. The
Commission pointed out the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report
claiming user fees for fishermen accessing the fishing harbour close to the
port is against facts.
Former Port Principal Secretary James Varghese
said the agreement for the Vizhinjam deal was made on the basis of conditions
laid down by the Central Planning Board. He provided explanations on 28
findings given in the CAG report. The Commission, set to hear from the Adani
Group on Tuesday, has also decided to visit the site for the port.
the government failed to give an explanation on its stand over the Vizhinjam
deal before the Commission again. The Commission asked the government to
provide clarity on the aspects in the deal that have to be included in its