Rajnath Singh Lashes out at Kerala Government, Says Judicial Inquiry of ‘Unhappy’ Central Agencies | India News

New DelhiUnion Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, March 28, 2021 criticized the Kerala government for issuing an order to conduct a judicial inquiry into central agencies investigating cases of smuggling gold and smuggling of dollars in the state.

Speaking at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram, Rajnath Singh said: “I have learned that the case is being examined by the ED and that a judicial commission has been appointed against the central agency. It is very unfortunate. “

The top BJP leader added, “It means the state government is challenging the federal structure of the constitution. It’s 100% against the constitution.”

Rajnath Singh’s comments came two days after the Cabinet headed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recommended a judicial inquiry against the central investigative agencies subject to the approval of the Election Commission, to the following an ongoing investigation into several cases, including the Kerala gold smuggling case.

The Cabinet has appointed retired judge KV Mohanan as commissioner who will review the controversial audio recording of Swapna Suresh, the main defendant in the gold smuggling case, and a letter written by co-defendant PS Sarith.

It should be noted that the Kerala gold smuggling case, which is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with the Law Enforcement Branch and the Customs Service, concerns the smuggling of or in the State through diplomatic channels.

It was discovered after 30 kilograms of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore, smuggled in a shipment camouflaged as diplomatic baggage, was stopped by Thiruvananthapuram Customs on July 5, 2020.

Rajnath Singh, who is in ballot-bound state to campaign for the BJP in the April 6 assembly ballot, also commented on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and said it will not be implemented only after having put all the communities in confidence.

He also attacked the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and said that even with 100% literacy, Kerala was behind other states in various sectors.

“The main reason is that even after seven decades after independence, the state cannot come out of the clutches of the LDF and the UDF. The state needs a new political alternative and only the BJP can give it. UDF and LDF play friendly matches. LDF or UDF win the match but the people are defeated. In Kerala, the Congress and the Communists are fighting, but 2,000 km away, they are fighting us together, ”he said.

The defense minister also said that if the BJP forms the government of Kerala, it will pass legislation for the protection of Sabrimala traditions and practices.

The election of 140 Kerala assembly members in 14 districts will be held in a single phase on April 6, with the result declared on May 2.

(With contributions from agencies)