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Such helicopter rides common says former Chief Secetary
(Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 11, 2018, DG): The latest controversy regarding Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's helicopter ride did not come up for discussion in the Cabinet Meeting on Thursday.

Meanwhile, former Chief Secretary KM Abraham has come forward extending support to Vijayan in the issue. He said that such journeys using money from Disaster Relief Funds had taken place in the past too.

"The Revenue Secretary ordered to arrange the helicopter after I told him to do so. The CAG hasn't opposed the usage of funds in this manner", Abraham added.

After Pinarayi Vijayan's helicopter journey turned controversial, the Chief Minister's Office and DGP Loknath Behra said the order for the payment was issued without Pinarayi Vijayan's knowledge.

It was also claimed that the Chief Minister's Office had no role in it. All these had been found false later. It had emerged that a copy of the order for payment of the helicopter journey from the State Disaster Relief Fund was given to Vijayan's Private Secretary.

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