Kerala Minister Appears Before 2nd Probe Firm, Opposition Protests

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    Kerala Minister Appears Before Second Probe Agency, Opposition Protests

    The opposition in Kerala has been requiring KT Jaleel’s resignation.

    Kochi:

    Kerala Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel is being questioned by the National Examination Company (NIA) which is penetrating the gold smuggling case. The minister reached the office of the probe company in Kochi in a private car as early as 6 AM. He is being questioned by the NIA practically six days after he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate.

    The Enforcement Directorate had questioned him on a consignment of Quran got from the UAE consulate throughout the Ramzan period.

    The opposition in Kerala – the Congress-led UDF and the BJP – has actually been objecting across the state, requiring the minister’s resignation because the questioning last week. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has backed his minister consistently, saying he is being politically targeted, and has done no wrong.

    KT Jaleel is likewise the Minister for Well-being of Minorities, Wakf and Hajj. The minister himself had spoken of this consignment, saying there was absolutely nothing wrong in it. The Enforcement Directorate is penetrating if this is in offense of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) rules.

    In July, a dripped call list revealed several calls exchanged in between the minister and one of the implicated in the gold smuggling case – Swapna Suresh.

    However, the minister had actually told media that he had actually spoken with Ms Suresh, after being told to do so by UAE Consulate General, in connection with sponsored food sets for households in need throughout Ramzan.

    The NIA is among the agencies penetrating the gold smuggling case, in addition to the Customs and the Enforcement Directorate.

    Pinarayi Vijayan had actually backed his minister, stating, “Some quarters sent a lot of grievances deliberately to the examining agencies and it’s their responsibility to bring clarity to the problems … No charges have actually been levelled versus the minister. Just some fabricated stories are doing the rounds.”

    ” There is no need for Jaleel to resign as there is no case versus him. As part of a probe, some info was looked for from him by the examination company,” Mr Vijayan had said.

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