Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, said that the Kerala chief minister was defending his "former principal secretary which shows that his office is involved in the gold smuggling case".
The Kerala unit of Congress on Wednesday said that it will move a no-confidence motion against the Pinarayi Vijayan government and the Kerala Assembly speaker over their alleged involvement in the high-profile gold smuggling case. Speaking to ANI, Ramesh Chennithala, Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, said that the Kerala chief minister was defending his “former principal secretary which shows that his office is involved in the gold smuggling case”. “We are moving a no-confidence motion against the government and the speaker because he is also involved in this case,” he said.
Pinarayi Vijayan is under attack from the opposition for the massive gold scandal in which his former principle secretary was allegedly involved. After the scam came to light, Vijayan had to sack his principle secretary M Sivasankar. According to reports, Sivasankar had links with Swapna Suresh, key accused in the case related to the attempt to smuggle gold through diplomatic baggage using the name of a person in the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.
On Tuesday, Sivasankar appeared before customs officials after being summoned in connection with the gold smuggling case. A panel headed by Chief Secretary Dr Vishwas Mehta is probing the charges against the IAS officer.
According to a report by PTI, Pinarayi Vijayan has said that there are no grounds as of now for suspension of the bureaucrat. “His phone records now show that he had contacts with the woman accused in the smuggling matter. The recent reports also reveal that he had links with another accused in the same matter. The panel headed by the Chief Secretary is looking into the charges and if proved, we will take action,” Vijayan said.
(With inputs from PTI)