Kerala gold smuggling case: Opposition stages walkout from Kerala Assembly

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala): Opposition parties on Thursday walked out of the Assembly after the Speaker of the Assembly allegedly refused permission to discuss the matter in the House following the revelations by Swapna Suresh, the main accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case.

Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition, VD Satheesan demanded a detailed discussion on the matter and alleged that the Speaker rejected their demands saying the matter was sub-judice and there was no emergency for discussion on the matter. Earlier in the day, Congress MLA Shafi Parambil moved an Adjournment Motion Notice seeking a discussion on the disclosures made by accused Swapna Suresh in the gold smuggling case.

Satheesan alleged that there were serious allegations against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of trying to transfer foreign currency to Gulf countries.

“In the confession statement under section 108 of the Customs Act, the Commissioner of Customs has filed an affidavit in the Customs Court. There is a serious allegation against the Chief Minister and other Ministers that the Chief Minister attempted to transfer some foreign exchange from Kerala. Did it. Gulf country. These are serious allegations against the Chief Minister.

Satisan further alleged that the Chief Minister did not want to discuss the matter on the floor of the House. “In the confession statement, he described it in detail. He also accepted some evidence. There is solid evidence against the Chief Minister that he has transferred large amounts of foreign exchange from Kerala to the Gulf countries. The Chief Minister is aware that this will be discussed on the floor. And so he was not ready to discuss it.” (ANI)

First published:February 24, 2022, 6:51 pm

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