‘This land will not blame us…you’ll quickly realise it’: Vijayan flays BJP after Customs hyperlinks him to gold smuggling

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A day after the Customs linked the Kerala Chief Minister to the gold smuggling case, Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday got here down closely on the BJP-led central authorities and stated “this land will not blame us, no matter what you do”.

In a fiery response, CM Vijayan stated, “All I have to say to the BJP and the agencies that dance to their tunes is this: we are not the kind of people you are accustomed to dealing with. We are different. No matter what you do, this land will not blame us. Our lives are open books, and you will soon realise it.”

The political state of affairs within the poll-bound state has heated up because the Customs knowledgeable the Kerala High Court that Swapna Suresh, key accused within the gold smuggling case, “stated with clarity about smuggling of foreign currency at the instance of” CM Vijayan and Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, and “about the improper and illegal activities of three Ministers of the State Cabinet and the Speaker”.

These claims had been made by Sumit Kumar, Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Kochi, in an affidavit filed within the High Court Thursday.

The case pertains to the seizure of 30 kg gold, price Rs 14.82 crore, on July 5, 2020 on the Air Cargo terminal of Trivandrum International Airport by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, from a diplomatic baggage that had arrived from the UAE. The case was later transferred to the NIA. It initially arrested Sarith PS, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair even because it made journeys to the UAE to research the case. Till date, the company has arrested 21 individuals within the case.

This is the primary time that Customs has made an allegation towards the Chief Minister, though his former principal secretary M Sivasankar’s alleged function had figured in probes by a number of central businesses inquiring into smuggling and associated instances. The Speaker’s private employees had been questioned by the Customs in January.

Earlier within the day, the ruling LDF carried out protest marches in direction of the workplaces of the central company within the state because the Customs has initiated an investigation towards its high leaders in reference to the smuggling case.

However, the LDF has hit again stating that the BJP is engaged in “cheap politics”. In a launch, the CPM state secretariat had stated: “BJP is upset over the image of the Chief Minister and the government. The investigating agencies have stooped to the level of campaign tools. Kerala would give a fitting reply to the challenge thrown by the BJP-Congress combine. The Customs action is a blatant violation of the poll code and a misuse of investigating agencies… Those who are engaged in cheap politics should realise that this is Kerala.”

In the wake of the allegations, the opposition Congress and the BJP have sought the resignation of the Chief Minister.