Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of the first anniversary of the now infamous Kerala gold smuggling case, which at one point even threatened to overthrow the government of Pinarayi Vijayan, following a massive UDF attack and the congressional-led BJP, not only did Vijayan return with a landslide victory in the April 6 assembly polls, he continues to be in the driver’s seat, as the various national agencies carry out their endless investigation.
It all started on July 5 last year, with the arrest of PR Sarith, a former member of the UAE consulate, and then the arrest of another former staff member, Swapna Suresh, who went on to work in the space park of the IT department of Kerala.
Various agencies – Customs, NIA, Enforcement Department took turns interviewing those involved and the shock came when on October 29 last year, senior official Mr. Sivasankar, Vijayan’s principal secretary, was arrested. .
It was joy for the main opposition parties who struggled to release the juicy stories broadcast by the dozen TV channels, but Vijayan repeatedly showed courage and used to lift both. hands and say sternly: “these hands are clean and that is why I am able to raise my hands”.
Even though more than a dozen arrests were made by the various agencies, there appeared to be a few roadblocks in the affair, then came the survey of local agencies towards the end of last year and this was raked, but thanks to Covid, Vijayan was able to come out unscathed in the polls and it was kind of a morale booster for him and the left.
With the success of the local body ballot, Vijayan’s next step was the April 6 assembly ballots and despite the massive opposition assault raking in the gold smuggling affair, but when the votes were counted on May 2, Vijayan entered the record books by retaining power, a feat that has not happened in the past five decades.
But the new Congress president, a former enemy of Vijayan – K. Sudhakaran, has however decided not to keep a low profile and on the suspected cases of gold smuggling in which new links with CPI-M cadres are reported. Over the past week, he said, “All of those doing this are people known to the high ranking CPI-M leadership in Kannur. Their role model is none other than Vijayan, whom we have all seen which happened during the now infamous Kerala gold smuggling case.not Vijayan’s close associates in his own office who are not involved? Initially, he pretended to ignore the main defendant Swapna Suresh, now everyone knows what his relationship was with her.
He showed a wad of papers and said it was a 250 page report filed by customs in the Kerala gold smuggling case.
By the way, all eyes are now on Customs as they will take the first step as the final charge sheet will be submitted and the trial is also expected shortly thereafter.