Governor warns govt, says will intervene in gold smuggling case

Arif Mohammed Khan, CM Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: PTI, Mathrubhumi

New Delhi: Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan hinted on his move to use the gold smuggling case and Swapna Suresh's allegations as a weapon against the Kerala government. Khan also alleged that the Chief Minister's Office was patronising smuggling activities in the state and contended that in such a situation there were grounds for him to interfere.

"I have never interfered. But now I see all smuggling activities are patronised by the office of the Chief Minister (CMO). Now books are being written. People sitting in the CMO dictate Kannur University VC to appoint their relatives -- underqualified and unqualified. I have never interfered.

"But if the state government, the CMO and the people close to CM are involved in smuggling activities, definitely there are grounds for me to interfere," he said. The governor was addressing the media here on Thursday.

He also referred to the name of Swapna Suresh, key accused in the gold smuggling case and questioned her appointment to a government post.

"Who invited the woman to the hill station? Didn't the controversial woman pay visit to Chief Minister's office? Resignation of the Chief Minister's former principal secretary is also being discussed by the public," he added.

"I don't understand how the CM's office is connected with all the illegal actions in the state," he added.

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