Gold smuggling case: Union Minister observes quick, seeks resignation of Kerala CM


New Delhi, August 2 

Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Sunday noticed a daylong quick at his residence right here demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the gold smuggling case.

The quick was a part of intensifying the BJP’s protests towards the Kerala authorities over the current gold smuggling involving diplomatic baggage.

The Minister of state for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs alleged the chief minister had allowed his workplace for use by those that indulged in “anti-national activities and betrayed the nation”.

“The Chief Minister has betrayed the country by giving away his office to those who indulged in anti-national activities. He must resign. The NIA took up the case after the Customs report that the accused persons have terror links,” Muraleedharan stated.

The quick was inaugurated by BJP nationwide basic secretary P Muralidhar Rao.

The Kerala authorities has confronted criticism after experiences emerged that the previous IT secretary M Sivashankar had shut hyperlinks with just a few accused within the case.

The National Investigation Agency and the Customs division are investigating the gold smuggling by means of diplomatic baggage which got here to the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport addressed to the UAE Consulate.

The probe businesses have arrested 4, together with two former workers of the consulate.

On July 5, the customs seized round 30 kg of gold price Rs 15 crore.

So far, sleuths have arrested three, together with two former workers of UAE consulate Swapna Suresh and Sarith and 6 extra on Sunday.

One extra individual is but to be arrested.

The probe businesses have named not less than 15 individuals.

Amid calls for by the BJP and the Congress for Vijayan’s resignation, the state authorities had earlier suspended senior IAS officer Sivashankar as his title cropped up together with Swapna Suresh and the NIA and the Customs have already questioned him for over 23 hours on a number of events.

However, they’re but to call Sivashankar formally in any of the issues associated to the case. — PTI



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