Gold smuggling case: Those creating controversies helping real culprits, says Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

The people will identify the nexus between BJP and UDF, who are trying to victimise the public even during the pandemic, the CPI (M) state secretary said.

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan stated that those who are trying to create a smoke screen over the gold smuggling case are helping the real culprits.

In a statement, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the people will identify the nexus between BJP and UDF, who are trying to victimise the public even during the pandemic.

The union government’s decision to hand over the case to NIA has highlighted the stance taken by the state government to welcome any kind of investigation. The probe in this case must not meet the same fate as that of other gold smuggling cases and it should lead to the roots of other smuggling cases.

Ever since the gold smuggling came to light, so many people were accusing others claiming that they have evidence. Now, they should hand over the evidence to the investigating officers. Act 43(F) of UAPA rule facilitates this.

They did not hand over the evidence to the customs department when they had a chance. But, if they are not willing to hand over the evidence now, people will have reason to doubt the claims raised them.

It was a clearing agent, with affiliation to Sangh Parivar, who helped to clear the diplomatic bag that carried the smuggled gold. He threatened the customs officers that they would lose their jobs if they blocked the diplomatic bags. When the officers did not clear the bags, he pressured them to send the bags back.

It was after this that Union Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan’s statement came out claiming that they were not diplomatic bags. An agent is not needed to clear diplomatic baggage, yet the clearing agent, who is a BMS leader, was involved in it.

Kodiyeri also asked if V Muraleedharan was trying to whitewash this transaction which points fingers at the conspirators. It was following this that the NIA released a statement that diplomatic bags were used to smuggle the gold. In this context, the Union Minister should think about whether it is ideal for him to remain in his ministerial position, the CPI (M) leader said.

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