LJD welcomes decision to hand over gold smuggling case to NIA: MV Shreyams Kumar

The LJD Kerala state president criticised that, unfortunately, efforts are being made to use the smuggling case for political gains.

Kozhikode: Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) Kerala state president MV Shreyams Kumar welcomed the decision of the Union Home Ministry to hand over the investigation of Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case to NIA.

He said that there should be a thorough investigation in all transactions that affect national security. In a statement, Shreyams Kumar mentioned that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had asked the centre to appoint a suitable agency besides the customs department to unravel the truth. NIA has been brought in for an efficient investigation of the case.

He criticised that, unfortunately, efforts are being made to use the smuggling case for political gains. The identity of those who smuggled the gold by using the UAE consulate is a mystery. He also added that the identity of the people for whom the gold was smuggled in is also kept in the dark.

The Chief Minister has made it clear that the government does not hold any specific interests in this by removing the Principal Secretary, who interacted with those who acted as middlemen in the case. More than the unlawful relations of the accused, what is more important is the identity of those who are trying to destroy the state’s economy. It will also benefit the society much more than the political controversies. Let NIA facilitate the capture of the real accused in the case, the statement read.

MV Shreyams Kumar pointed out that everyone should act responsibly during the time of the pandemic. Disputes by forgetting the significance of public health and social distancing are dangerous. Caution should be exercised against viruses that endanger public health as well as the economy. LJD wants the investigation in the gold smuggling case to be completed as early as possible and the culprits to be brought to light.

He requested support to the state government which is moving forward without any lapse in the public health department.

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