ED tightens grip as state govt, CPM refuse to give in
Thiruvananthapuram: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) continues to follow the state government and CPM despite their attempts to avoid being cornered.
Probe agencies are camping in the capital city seeking details of the financial transactions of Bineesh Kodiyeri. Also, another staff in the office of the Chief Minister has come under the purview of investigation.
Additional private secretary C M Raveendran is a source of power in the CM's office like M Sivasankar. He was included in the personal staff of many ministers as a party nominee. The opposition had already alleged that the second person under target in the CM's office is Raveendran. Until then, the government was claiming that Sivasankar was responsible for everything.
The probe against Bineesh Kodiyeri is another dilemma for CPM. They are trying to resist this by stating that party stance and the personal relationship of party workers are different. However, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is facing political pressure when his son is cornered by the ED.
Four central agencies are investigating the gold smuggling case in the state. It was Kodiyeri who first pointed out the political intentions of the central agencies. However, when Kodiyeri himself became a target, the party could not protect him. The opposition is questioning the ethics of the party and anti-corruption policies of the government with this.