Thiruvananthapuram: New Congress member Mathew Kuzhalnadan has raised doubts about the accuracy of the Income Tax returns of Veena Vijayan, the daughter of Kerala’s Chief Minister, and her husband, State Tourism Minister P.A. Mohammed Riyas.
A disturbance occurred in the Kerala Assembly when Kuzhalnadan was stopped from speaking by the ruling party members. The Speaker, A.N. Shamseer, noted that the Assembly wasn’t the right place for making unchecked claims. Kuzhalnadan had hinted at revealing a secret deal involving Veena, her IT company, and a major mining firm, CMRL.
On Wednesday, a news item had appeared in Malayala Manorama, a leading vernacular daily, which had reported that CMRL had paid Veena Vijayan and her IT firm Exalogic a sum of Rs 1.72 crore during 2017-2020 for IT services rendered by her firm.
The report said that the Income Tax Appellate Board, while examining the tax returns of CMRL, stumbled upon payments made to Veena and her IT firm. It was also found based on the information provided by a few CMRL officials that no services were rendered by her firm to the company.
On Friday, Kuzhalnadan told the media that the money received by Veena doesn’t reflect in her I-T returns or in that of her husband’s.
“Even the CPI-M has said that she collected the money for the services rendered by her company. If that is the case, why is it missing from the I-T returns,” Kuzhalnadan asked.