BJP chief JP Nadda alleges Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's office was involved in gold smuggling case
BJP national president JP Nadda on Sunday accused Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office of involvement in the high-profile gold smuggling case. Addressing a virtual rally to Kerala BJP workers, Nadda took a jibe at the communist party government, saying that the colour of gold is red in Kerala.
"The colour of gold is yellow everywhere but in Kerala, it is red, red and red. What is the relationship between that IT officer and the personal secretary of the Chief Minister?" the BJP President asked.
Nadda directly accused the CM Vijayan's office of involvement in the Kerala gold smuggling case, saying that the chief minister's letter to PM Modi seeking investigation shows the heat in the CM's office.
"We can see the heat in CM's office also. He wrote to Prime Minister saying no stone should remain unturned as far as the investigation is concerned. We have a saying 'chor ki daadi mein tinka', it means the office of CM is also involved somewhere," added the BJP chief.
CM Vijayan’s personal secretary M Sivasankar came under the scanner and transferred from his post after the smuggling case came to light. Sivasankar had hired key accused Swapna Suresh in the state IT department.
On Saturday, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, two of the four key accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, were detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Bengaluru. Swapna had been on the run since July 5 after a baggage, addressed to the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, was seized by the Customs at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The diplomatic baggage contained 30 kg of gold worth Rs 14 crore.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma