Kerala Cabinet recommends probe against Central agencies

Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Cabinet has decided to go for a judicial inquiry against the Central agencies probing the diplomatic gold and dollar smuggling cases.

The decision was taken at a virtual cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

CPI-M leader Vijayaraghavan alleged that the agencies were being ‘misused and were guided by political motives’.

“The experience of Kerala over the last seven to eight months shows that different central agencies are being misused rather than finding the truth behind gold smuggling. We need to know the truth.. they (agencies) have failed miserably.These agencies have always worked with political motives,” Vijayaraghavan said.

Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said the inquiry would be subject to the approval of the Election Commission of India as the model code of conduct was in force for the Assembly elections.

“If the Election Commission clears the inquiry, the requisite steps will be taken soon for initiating the inquiry or it will have to wait till the clearance is received or the Assembly elections are over,” he said.

 

NT Bureau