Swapna Suresh's 'route map' puts Kerala govt on the defensive
Thiruvananthapuram: Information revealed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the gold smuggling case is causing concerns for the state government and the LDF.
The NIA report disclosed that Swapna Suresh had great influence in the chief minister's office while Customs department revealed that police officers were under her influence.
The NIA has applied intelligent strategies at every phase of the investigation that could rival major political players in their game. The other day, NIA had clarified that there was no politics in the gold smuggling case. In the court, the NIA stated that the probe was initiated as requested by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and thanked the state government in this regard.
The CPI (M) mouthpiece took up this as NIA appreciating the state government. But it is said to be a precautionary move by the NIA to avoid allegations that the agency was acting according to the central government's political motives.
The CM and the CPI (M) are defending the allegations raised by the Opposition by distancing the government from the actions of M. Sivasankar, former principal secretary of the CM. But the state government will be in trouble if one more person associated with it becomes involved in the case.
One of the discussions going on in Kerala for the last month is who would be the political victim of the gold smuggling case. The Opposition is trying to take advantage by making the chief minister's office responsible for everything. Meanwhile, the CM continues to express confidence that the investigation will reveal the real culprits.