AI camera row: UDF in dilemma whether to approach court or demand probe

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AI camera installed near Mananchira, Kozhikode | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The UDF leadership is yet to make a decision regarding its next steps in the AI-enabled camera controversy. The leadership is currently facing a dilemma over whether to approach a court and, if so, what kind of investigation to demand.

Although the Muslim League has not hesitated to approach the court even before the full details of the alleged corruption have been exposed, the party has warned of the possibility of facing a backlash in the initial phase.

There was an opinion within the UDF leadership to demand a CBI probe into the allegations. However, this was ultimately discarded due to the Congress' earlier stances against the alleged misuse of central investigation agencies by the BJP-led government.

Congress party had also accused that the slow pace of the investigation in the LIFE Mission case and gold smuggling case under Enforcement Directorate and other agencies is due to the unholy nexus between BJP and CPM. Hence, requesting a CBI probe may point fingers at the integrity of the party.

The UDF leadership has considered the possibility of a vigilance probe into the contracts made for the purchase of the AI surveillance cameras. However, the party is concerned that the investigation may be sabotaged since the Vigilance falls under the control of the state government.

Meanwhile, Minister P Rajeev's reminder that the UDF-led government had also purchased cameras via KELTRON earlier has troubled the Congress leadership in Kerala. If the Vigilance initiates a probe into the current accusations raised against the purchase of AI cameras, it is possible that an investigation into the earlier similar purchases made under the UDF government may also be carried out.

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