Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 16
The BJP on Friday demanded the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the gold smuggling case, alleging that those accused in the case were “hand in glove” with the people in power.
Gold smuggling: NIA probing all angles
- The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of gold at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5.
- The NIA, CBI and the ED are probing various angles of the case.
- Several people, including two former employees of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, have been arrested.
“The moral authority of the Chief Minister is lost,” Union Minister V Muraleedharan said.
He said the Left government in the state had first asked the Centre to order a probe into the matter and had now moved court against the CBI, claiming that agency did not have the authority to investigate.
“This shows that those involved in smuggling gold are ‘hand-in-glove’ with those in power,” he alleged, adding that the case was different from other cases of gold smuggling because it was“directly” linked to the CMO.
He also accused Vijayan of changing his stand on the matter from the day the case was registered and accused arrested, claiming that efforts had been made to destroy evidence, mentioning a fire incident in a government department, allegedly linked to the case.
“The principal secretary to the CM has been suspended as well,” he added.
The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of gold at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5 after it was found camouflaged in diplomatic baggage.