Dollar Case Question Assembly – Customs War Tightened – KERALA – GENERAL


Thiruvananthapuram: The war escalated again when the Privileges and Ethics Committee sent a notice to Vasantha Gopan, Joint Commissioner, Customs, on a complaint filed by Raju Abraham alleging that the Assembly had been insulted by Customs in connection with the summoning of Additional Private Secretary P. Sriramakrishnan for questioning in a dollar smuggling case.

The church committee decided to send a notice on the complaint filed by Raju Abraham during the last assembly session. The Legislature yesterday received a letter from Customs requesting an extension of time to reply. The extension is due to the departure of the Joint Commissioner as an election observer in West Bengal.

The church secretary then told customs that it was not legal to summon the additional private secretary. In response, a complaint was lodged that the assembly was insulted. Based on that complaint, the Privileges Committee sent another notice to the Joint Commissioner of Customs. The notice stated that the customs had misinterpreted the rules of the church and that the response was insulting to the church.

The notice was sent to the Speaker’s Additional Private Secretary to question him on the basis of Sapna’s statement in the Dollar case. The Legislative Secretary pointed out that this was not the right way. However, Customs again told the Legislative Secretariat that the Legislature had no special protection and should co-operate when called for questioning in connection with crimes. The House committee assessed that this was a violation of the rights of the Assembly.