Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress and the BJP alleged that the fire that broke out in the Secretariat building complex was part of a foul play organized to sabotage the gold smuggling case. The opposition alleged that this was done with the knowledge of the Chief Minister and demanded a detailed investigation on the issue. The fire that broke out in the General Administration Department destroyed many files and documents.
Leader of opposition, Ramesh Chennithala said that this was an effort made to clear all the corruption charges against the government. Earlier the government had said that all CCTVs in the Secretariat and the Cliff House were damaged in lightning. He also alleged that the Chief Minister has ordered for all the evidence to be destroyed.
The fire took place in the office of the Chief Protocol Officer, which is under scanner in connection with the gold smuggling case. It is very clear that this is part of a conspiracy. Chennithala said that this is an extremely shameful incident.
He also added that he denounces all the efforts of the Chief Minister to protect the accused in the gold smuggling case.
BJP state president K Surendran alleged that the government was behind the fire at the Secretariat and that it was part of a larger conspiracy. The office was closed the other day claiming that certain officers tested positive for COVID-19. It was set on fire by the government to stop the details of the case from appearing in front of the probe team.
There were several files in the protocol office which could have led to the evidence in connection with the case. Surendran also asked central agencies to conduct a serious investigation into this incident.
KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran said that the Secretariat fire appeared 'unnatural'.