KASARGOD: Photographs of United Democratic Fund (UDF) leaders with Karipur gold smuggling case accused Abu Lais cannot be used by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to wriggle out from the mess it is in, said Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) general secretary and Lok Sabha member P K Kunhalikutty.
Unlike unwittingly posing for photographs, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan travelled in a luxury car owned by an accused in the Karipur gold smuggling case, he said.
The CPM leader took a ride in a Mini Cooper, reportedly owned by Karat Faisal, the seventh accused in the case when the LDF's Janajagratha Yatra reached Koduvally.
Lais, also a native of Koduvally, is the third accused in the case.
Photographs of UDF and LDF leaders and MLAs posing with Lais - a proclaimed absconder in the case - are doing the rounds on the social media.
"The CPM cannot use photographs of the UDF leaders with the accused to cover up its failings," the IUML leader said.
The UDF's decision to keep away tainted leaders from the Padayorukam Yatra was taken with good intention, said Kunhalikutty. But we cannot change the course of our yatra if a tainted person is on the way, he added.