Thomas Isaac | Photo: Biju Varghese|Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has responded to the Vigilance raid in Kerala State Financial Enterprises (KSFE).
The Chief Minister is not aware of the investigation. The Vigilance must act sensibly. The investigation is an opportunity for the Opposition to tarnish the image of a government enterprise. Destroying KSFE will prove beneficial for private financial enterprises and political opponents.
“Conducting a vigilance probe, submitting report to the government and initiating action if necessary are normal procedures. But turning each and every single thing into a political weapon is not normal. The Vigilance will only act according to the Kerala government’s direction. So, there is no need for the Opposition leader or Union Minister V. Muraleedharan to wait for anything to criticise the government,” Isaac added.
“Nobody is against Vigilance investigation. However, it should not be in a way which helps political opponents tarnish the image of KSFE. The political opponents are using the raid in KSFE to damage the people’s trust in the financial enterprise,” said Isaac.
The government need not know about the investigation. The probe agencies have the authority to conduct investigations. The CM or the minister concerned need not know each and every action undertaken by Vigilance. The government will take a decision after the Vigilance submits its report, the minister added.
“Media received information about the Vigilance raid. It must be probed who leaked the information. I am not accusing the media but it must be checked who is creating these news articles,” the minister said.