Asserting that the Left government had done nothing wrong in the smuggling row, Kanam alleged that there was a deliberate move by the Opposition to destroy the government’s image.
The NIA had retrieved data from the mobile phones and laptops of Swapna. This includes messages and emails sent using various apps to Sivasankar and others.
The Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) investigation into the money trail of gold smuggling through the diplomatic baggage has been hit with one of its officers testing Covid-19 positive.
The current controversies related to gold smuggling and Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel have blotted the Left government’s image, observed the CPI leadership.
Earlier, the Opposition had alleged that the Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel was involved in smuggling gold under the pretext of bringing Quran from the consulate
The accused were granted bail recently after the Customs failed to file a chargesheet in the case even after 60 days since the arrest was recorded.
It had earlier come to light that the state-owned institution under the higher education department distributed thousands of copies of the Quran which were received as a gift from the UAE Consulate
A day after Congress and UDF leadership were huddled at Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala’s house, the UDF has decided to come up with a series of agitation against the minister.
Unleashing a scathing attack on the UDF, Pinarayi said the issue was first raised by the BJP and the RSS who have their own agenda in raking it up, but the UDF also lapped on it.
Customs officers believe incidents related to gold smuggling through the Kozhikode airport have revealed the growing presence of illegal networks in the state.
Raising the matter during the Zero Hour, Hibi Eden, who is an MP from Ernakulam constituency, also alleged that the Kerala government has been brutally attacking youths and women.
Party brands Oppn agitation against Min Jaleel as against holy book, UDF terms it a move to appease community
They feel all parties, media and minister himself are trying to derive political mileage out of it
Earlier, NIA had found that 164kg of gold in total had been smuggled since September last year.
Revealing the existence of gold smuggling rackets in the northern districts of Kerala, one more kidnapping incident was reported from Malappuram on Friday.