NIA Grills Kerala Minister KT Jaleel in Gold Smuggling Case as Oppn Calls for His ResignationKerala Higher Education Minister Ok T Jaleel is being questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in reference to the gold smuggling case. Jaleel reached the NIA Office in Kochi at 6 am on Thursday. Last week, he was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate.
Demanding his resignation, there have been widespread protests throughout the state spearheaded by the youth congress, BJP as properly as the Youth League. In many locations, police resorted to using water cannons and lathi cost.
Jaleel’s title first emerged in the case after Swapna Suresh’s telephone data had been leaked. There had been data of calls between the minister and Suresh.
Jaleel had clarified that it was the Consulate General who had requested to contact her in reference to the distribution of meals kits and Quran throughout Ramzan.
Meanwhile, opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala mentioned that involvement in this case and being questioned by the NIA is critical and that the minister “must resign”.
The CPM central management conveyed the message to the state secretariat that Jaleel needn’t be requested to resign as that might harm the picture of the federal government at a time when the get together is making ready for an meeting election and native physique elections. The elections are anticipated to happen after six months.
Jaleel is the Minister for Higher Education, Welfare of Minorities, Wakf and Hajj in the Pinarayi Vijayan led LDF ministry. He was a firebrand chief of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) chief as a scholar and a md of the PSMO College, Thirurangadi Malappuram the place he did his commencement and Post Graduation. He later joined the Muslim League and have become state president of its Youth Wing, Muslim Youth League. He has a PhD on the subject ‘Role of Variyam Kunjahammed haji and Ali Musliyar in the Malabar Rebellion of 1921’ and is Associate Professor of History in his alma mater.
Central businesses, together with the NIA, Customs and Enforcement Directorate, are conducting a separate probe into the seizure of gold price almost Rs 15 crore from a “diplomatic baggage” on the Thiruvananthapuram International airport on July 5.