Palarivattom flyover case: T.O Sooraj gets bail

The Kerala High Court granted bail to a retired bureaucrat and two others who were arrested in connection with alleged corruption in the construction of a flyover in Kochi.

Justice Sunil Thomas granted bail after considering fresh bail applications filed by the accused who had been in prison since August 30.

Besides former PWD secretary T.O Sooraj, the others granted bail are Sumit Goyal, managing director of the RDS Projects Ltd, which built the now-defunct Palarivattom flyover; and main accused M.T Thankachan, former additional general manager of the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala.

The flyover was closed for traffic from May 1 after it started developing cracks within three years of its inauguration in October 2016.

Benny Paul, who was the joint general manager of KITCO, a technical consultancy organisation that approved the 'defective' tender submitted by Sumit Goyal, was earlier granted bail by the high court.

The court had then dismissed the bail applications of Sooraj, Sumit and Thankachan, observing that a "wider and deeper conspiracy" is involved in the poor quality construction of the flyover.

Meanwhile, a separate petition seeking to probe the role of former PWD minister P.K Ebrahim Kunju was filed in the high court on Monday. Sooraj had claimed that it was Ebrahim Kunju who sanctioned release of interest-free funds to the contracting company.