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CPM lets off Jayarajan and Sreemathi, accused in nepotism row, with a warning

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-04-2017 Nidheesh M.K.

Bengaluru: The Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, on Wednesday let off with a warning two senior leaders from Kerala accused of political corruption and nepotism.

E.P. Jayarajan and P.K. Sreemathi, both central committee members and prominent faces of the party in Kerala, were accused of flouting norms in appointing a common relative of theirs as managing director of a state government-run company when Jayarajan was minister of industries in the CPM-led government in Kerala.

The allegation in October triggered widespread criticism against the then barely four-month-old left front government, which came to power on the promise of providing corruption-free governance. It led to Jayarajan’s resignation.

Both Jayarajan and Sreemathi were asked to defend their positions at a central committee meeting held in Delhi on Wednesday.

While Jayarajan excused himself from the meeting, citing medical conditions, Sreemathi participated and defended herself, said a senior CPM leader who requested not to be named.

The party decided to avoid taking sterner disciplinary action against the two, heeding the recommendation of the state committee, the leader said.

Jayarajan and Sreemathi were unavailable for an immediate comment.

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