Office-bearers of Kerala Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram had found innovative ways to splurge public funds: they turn sad demise of a member or his/her kin into a celebratory event. This was revealed in an expenditure report brought out by former office-bearers of the Club which is under scanner for large-scale misappropriation of government funds. “What they used to do was that when a relative of a member dies, a few office-bearers hire a big vehicle and visit the bereaved family. On return, they go to high-end bar and splurge on food and drinks. Lakhs of rupees given by the state government are lavished on drinks and food of a few. What is shocking is the rubric under which they have entered these expenses…shameful,” said a journalist on the condition of anonymity.
Similarly, they have siphoned thousands of rupees from the public fund. The situation is more or less similar in all Press Clubs in Kerala. Many senior journalists are under scanner for misappropriation of funds. The trial in a case regarding misuse of government funds is underway in the Kerala High Court.