Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the London-based company, which has been awarded consultancy of the Kerala government's e-mobility project, was all set to open an office inside the state secretariat.
The opposition Congress is up in arms against the decision of the Left government to award the consultancy to PriceWaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd for the logistics ports of the electric vehicle production ecosystem in the state.
Speaking to reporters, the Leader of Opposition said, "The foreign firm is all set to open its office inside the state secretariat itself."
"The only delay is in obtaining the signature of the Transport Minister. Four officials who will be functioning inside the secretariat will draw a salary more than that of the Chief Secretary of the state," he claimed.
Ramesh reiterated his charge that Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had held investigations into the allegations against the company and banned it from operating in India for two years in 2018.
"The state government is planning to give backdoor entry to the company," he said.
Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had denied the allegations by Chennithala and said PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd was not banned by SEBI.
The ban is on Pricewaterhouse Company, an auditing firm, which is entirely a different legal entity, he had said.
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