Kerala gold smuggling case: CM Vijayan writes to PM Modi, seeks an effective investigation by central agencies.



By: Categorical Net Desk | New Delhi/kochi |

Up to date: July 8, 2020 9:06:43 pm

kerala news, kerala cm pinarayi vijayan, cbi probe, cag report, kerala assembly, kerala congress, ramesh chennithala, cvc, indian express Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written a letter to PM Modi searching for a probe into the gold smuggling case.

With the gold smuggling case snowballing into a significant political controversy in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought an efficient and coordinated probe into the incident by central companies. He additionally assured that the state authorities will present all obligatory help to the companies concerned within the investigation.

“I invite your variety consideration to the seizure of about 30 kg of gold by Customs Officers Trivandrum Airport on July 5. The truth that try to smuggle large amount of gold was hid in diplomatic baggage makes the matter extraordinarily severe,” CM Vijayan wrote in his letter to PM Modi.

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Stating that the case has “severe implications as this undermines the economic system of the nation”, CM Vijayan mentioned the case has “multiple angle warranting an intensive investigation”.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s letter to PM Modi

“It’s requested that an efficient and coordinated investigation into this incident by all central companies involved is the necessity of the hour. Each hyperlink of this crime ought to be unravelled in order that such incidents don’t recur,” CM Vijayan added.

The transfer got here a day after the Chief of Opposition within the Kerala Meeting Ramesh Chennithala wrote a letter to PM Modi, searching for a CBI probe into the case. Earlier right this moment, opposition events within the state demanded the resignation of CM Vijayan over the problem.

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A day after a state IT division worker emerged as a key determine in the gold smuggling racket working by the diplomatic cargo channel, the Kerala authorities Tuesday eliminated senior IAS official M Sivasankar because the principal secretary of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after his function in hiring the worker got here below the scanner. He has been changed by IAS officer Mir Muhammad Ali.

The alleged involvement of Swapna Suresh, who had labored as supervisor with the Kerala State Info Expertise Infrastructure Restricted (KSITL), has deeply embarrassed the federal government, with the Opposition events claiming that the CM’s Workplace (CMO) has hyperlinks to the racket.

Dismissing the allegations, Vijayan had mentioned Swapna had been appointed with out his data. “I don’t know below which circumstances she was appointed. It was not with my consent,’’ he mentioned.

Sivasankar can be the state IT secretary and the chairman of KSITIL, the place Swapna was employed. Following the controversy, the federal government had terminated her service.

On Sunday, the Customs seized 30 kg of gold, valued at Rs 15 crore, at Thiruvananthapuram airport from a diplomatic cargo addressed to an individual within the UAE Consulate-Normal right here. Sarith Kumar, an area resident who had earlier labored with the Consulate-Normal’s workplace as a PRO, was arrested. Sarith had instructed the Customs concerning the function of Swapna, who had additionally labored with the Consulate-Normal workplace as an govt. Swapna is reportedly absconding. In response to the Customs, Sarith, who’s not related to the consulate, took benefit of the immunity and privileges loved by diplomatic missions.

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