Kerala Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, claiming that central agencies “fishing and roving probes” were targeting the state government and saying such actions were against the interest of a “spirit.” federal cooperative “. “.
The Prime Minister’s letter referred to an investigation into gold smuggling which subsequently led multiple agencies to investigate schemes such as Life Mission and the Kerala Infrastructure Fund Board, which is the state’s flagship housing program.
“Five months later, the source, or end use, of the smuggled gold has not been disclosed,” wrote Mr. Vijayan, adding that the CBI had shown “undue haste in filing FIR without preliminary procedural investigation (and ) not even the state consent sought. “
“The enforcement direction has pushed all boundaries,” he added, raising concerns about the way Life Mission’s CEO was summoned.
The Prime Minister said the housing project had been funded by the UAE’s Red Crescent, which had offered to build 140 houses (through contractors of their choice). “Life Mission has provided only specifications to follow and has no direct role in the project,” he wrote.
Mr. Vijayan also said that an orchestrated campaign against the state, in collaboration with some investigative agency officials, cited examples of leaked confidential statements as evidence.
“Investigations should not become itinerant and fishing expeditions that lead to the total loss of credibility of central investigative agencies. This will only hamper the development activities of the state. This is a serious governance issue and does not bode well in democratic politics. and federal, “he wrote.
The prime minister’s senior official – additional private secretary CM Raveendran – appeared before the execution management on Thursday after a fourth call.
He had jumped three times to appear before the detective agency. He was hospitalized for COVID-19 and related complications after each of the previous summons.
Both the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the BJP said Raveendran did not honor that call due to local body elections, held last week.
The LDF (Democratic Left Front) government has denied this accusation.