Central-state govts engage in 'shadow war' regarding arrest of M Sivasankar
Thiruvananthapuram: As the gold smuggling case is reaching its climax, the political stunt has also started. The central and state governments are engaging in a shadow war. The central agencies moved to a decision to reach the top rung of power with the arrest of M Sivasankar. On realising the move, the state government is not going to let them arrest Sivasankar.
The press conference held by union minister V Muraleedharan along with BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Friday is a clear indication of their political strategy. By demanding the resignation of the chief minister, BJP hinted that they will raise the issue to the national level.
The Customs officials arrived on Friday evening to take Sivasankar for interrogation, despite the fact that the court will be on weekend holidays on Saturday and Sunday, with the intention to arrest him. Anticipatory bail plea will be considered if the summons for interrogation is issued. The officials arrived at 5 in the evening to avoid this.
The statement of Swapna Suresh that she smuggled dollars abroad during the foreign trip with Sivasankar, led to the new move. The Customs asked if these journeys were conducted with permission and demanded to show the documents related to it. With this, the case took a new turn.
If the journeys were with the permission of the government, the statement of those who granted the same can be obtained. If Sivasankar is arrested, the state government will be put on the defensive. He was shifted to the medical college in order to avoid arrest. They can try for anticipatory bail by the time tests are performed in the hospital.
The chief minister is unlikely to state that the probe is in the right direction. The Centre alleged the state claimed that the probe was initiated by them and also approached the court against CBI investigation. After the CBI took over the Life Mission scam, the CPM had opposed the move.