Gold smuggling case: Clock ticks for CM Vijayan and his ex-aide

Prime News, National (Thiruvananthapuram), October 27:- With the Kerala High Court set to pronounce its final orders on Wednesday in the anticipatory bail plea in the gold smuggling case all eyes are on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his former secretary M. Sivasankar.

Though Vijayan and the CPI-M have washed their hands off the case that involves the senior IAS official, Sivasankar, by stating they have had no clue of what he was doing for the nearly four and a half years, yet the Chief Minister’s name has been a part of the case throughout.

Whatever was said about former Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, each time when allegations of corruption surfaced ahead of the 2016 assembly polls in the solar scam case, is reverberating thick and has come to haunt Vijayan in the gold smuggling case.

What trolls said then for Chandy is now being repeated for Vijayan: “If he has any scruples and shame, he should quit”.

Each time when Vijayan’s political adversaries remind him of what he said about Chandy when he and his office was caught in the solar scam led by Saritha Nair, Vijayan’s stock statement was, “I do not know anything.” Then when Sivasankar’s closeness with prime accused in the gold smuggling case- Swapna Suresh surfaced, Vijayan said: “We removed him and then suspended him from service. Who else, other than we can take such a decision,”.

The high court last week extended the status quo — asking both the Enforcement Directorate and the Customs not to arrest Sivasankar till Wednesday when the court will give its orders. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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