KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran said that efforts are being made to prolong the gold smuggling case indefinitely. Former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Even if the evidence against Shiva Shankar comes out, the Central Investigation Agency is not prepared to take it at face value.
The arrest of the former principal secretary to the chief minister in connection with the accused in the case is likely to destroy evidence later in the evening. He is a high ranking official and a very influential official in the state. Mullappally said the BJP and the CPM could not rule out the possibility of sabotaging the gold smuggling case in the run-up to the Assembly elections. It is part of this drama that Shiva Shankar was interrogated for hours and released without arrest. The argument of the former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister that the accused had cheated him by taking advantage of their deep friendship cannot be swallowed without touching his throat.
The NIA does not even see the revelation that the former secretary to the chief minister was the mastermind behind the conspiracy to smuggle gold to key links in the smuggling ring. The probe does not extend beyond the CPM-ruled state of Kerala to the BJP-ruled state of Karnataka. Meanwhile, a move was made to relocate the customs team investigating the gold smuggling case. The central and state governments are not ready to listen to the demand of the Congress to announce a CBI probe to bring out the high-level corruption. Mullappally said both the governments were not interested in the CBI probe.
Despite the serious crime affecting national security, the Chief Minister has not been prepared to take strong action from the beginning. The Chief Minister’s actions were limited to a letter to the Prime Minister requesting an inquiry. State police could prosecute him for a number of crimes, including forgery, but did nothing. Or the reality is that those responsible did not instruct the police. Mullappally said that all this points to the lack of sincerity of the Home Department and the Kerala Police under the Chief Minister.