Kerala gold Smuggling case
The issue of gold smuggling in Kerala is catching on. The 30 kg gold from abroad has created a ruckus in political circles. If the opposition parties are questioning Chief Minister Vijayan, then many powerful officials have fallen furious. The Kerala government transferred M. Sivasankar, Information Technology Secretary and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister due to his name in the smuggling case. On Monday, the government terminated the service of information technology consultant Swapna Suresh, accused in the case. She is reportedly close to the Principal Secretary and is on the run.
A short statement issued by the office of Chief Minister P Vijayan said, “M Shivshankar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister is being transferred with immediate effect, he will be replaced by IAS Pir Mohammad.” M Shivshankar is a very influential bureaucrat of the state government. Were considered.
What is the whole matter?
A large quantity of gold was recovered by customs officials from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on Sunday. The gold was packed in bags for the UAE consulate. Airport sources said Sona was kept in a bag full of equipment used in the toilets. A former employee of the United Arab Emirates Consulate has been detained on charges of smuggling. The former employee has been taken to Kochi for investigation after being detained. When the accused came to know that his belongings would be examined, he also threatened the customs officials. Meanwhile, a report by Jai Hind television channel claimed that a top official of the Chief Minister’s office allegedly tried to help a former employee of the UAE consulate at the airport.
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BJP Congress Allegations
Opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala have alleged that a woman (a former consulate employee) of the state’s income tax department was involved in smuggling 30 kg of gold from a diplomatic bag. The Income Tax Department is with the Chief Minister and headed by Vijayan Principal Secretary M Shivshankar. Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala demanded a CBI inquiry into the case alleging that the Chief Minister’s office had become a ‘base of criminals’. BJP chief K Surendran alleged that the customs officials received a call from the Chief Minister’s office shortly after this seizure.
What did Vijayan say
Chief Minister P. Vijayan is not aware of the factors associated with the appointment of the accused woman officer. He responded to the allegations of opposition that the Chief Minister’s Office never had any communication with people involved in any corruption and the people of the state know this. He said that those involved would not survive.