Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan | Photo: ANI
Kozhikode: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Friday termed the judicial probe announced by the Kerala government against the Enforcement Directorate as the ‘wonder of the century’.
Apart from providing a retired judge with salary from state treasury, there is no other good to come from the judicial commission. The state government shouldn’t think they can frighten the central agencies with such gimmicks, he added.
The cabinet meeting on Friday decided to order a judicial probe against the Enforcement Directorate following a complaint by two women police officials that they heard the ED officers pressuring the prime accused in Gold smuggling case Swapna Suresh and asking her loaded questions to name Vijayan.
This new judicial probe will be headed by Justice (rtd) V.K. Mohan and the terms of reference also have been given. To make this a reality, the Vijayan government has to get the approval of the Election Commission, the procedures for that have also commenced.
Muraleedharan also criticised Finance Minister Thomas Isaac who called the IT department raid at Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) as hooliganism.
If the minister is irked over the raid that the officers at KIIFB, it should be suspected that he has something to hide. If Isaac has committed no wrong, why is he anxious, the BJP leader asked.
Muraleedharan further stated that the KIIFB raid has no connection to the Assembly elections.