Customs Records Kerala Assembly Speaker’s Staff Statement Over Dollar Smuggling Case
Customs, probing the dollar smuggling case, on Friday taped the statement of Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan’s assistant personal secretary who appeared at the main agency office here in action to summons, official sources stated. The official, K Ayyappan, appeared prior to the probe authorities at Customizeds (Preventive) Commissionerate at 9.30 pm and left the workplace at 7 pm, they said.
As the questioning of the assistant secretary had its echo in the state assembly where Congress-led opposition members required the resignation of the Speaker, the CPI( M) heading the ruling union assaulted the central agencies, alleging they were working as a “political weapon of the BJP”. The Customs department on Thursday had served a notice to Ayyappan at his property address in Thiruvananthapuram, directing him to appear before the investigation group here.
Customs sources stated Ayyappan, responsible for charting out the Speaker’s everyday programmes and travel associated matters, was summoned to cross examine the evidence it had collected on supposed involvement of some “effective persons” in connection with the ‘smuggling’ of the U.S currency from Kerala to Oman. The notification asking Ayyappan to appear for questioning was delivered at his domestic address on Thursday after the Speaker maintained that his previous consent was required to question a member of his personal staff.
The main agency had actually earlier provided summons to Ayyappan at his main address in connection with the probe into the case associated to supposed smuggling of USD 1,90,000(equivalent to Rs 1.30 crore) by a previous finance head of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram to Muscat in Oman. The matter came to light throughout the course of the probe by numerous main agencies, consisting of the Custom-mades, into the smuggling of gold using diplomatic channel that was uncovered with the seizure of Rs 15 crore worth of the precious metal from a luggage of the UAE consulate at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5.
The Speaker had come under criticism from the Opposition celebrations for inaugurating the shop of among the implicated in the gold smuggling case, Sandeep Nair, months back. On Friday, opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front members raised mottos versus Sreeramakrishnan and demanded his resignation in the backdrop of Ayyappan being questioned by the Customizeds in the dollar smuggling case.
The CPI( M) state secretary A Vijayaraghavan, in a tweet, alleged the main firms were helping the opposition by establishing a parallel administration in the state. He stated the party would “expose” the undemocratic and unconstitutional relocation by the BJP-led Centre versus the Kerala government.
Sreeramakrishnan has said he did not believe that the central investigating companies would question him and he would end his political profession if it was proved he had actually accepted even one rupee as allurement from anyone.
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