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Kerala HC Rejects Plea Seeking Gold Smuggling Investigation Against Kerala CM and His Former Secretary [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 24 Jul 2020 8:16pm

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A PIL seeking CBI / NIA investigation in the Kerala Gold Smuggling scam, Sprinklr Deal, BevQ App was dismissed by the Kerala High Court on Wednesday,22nd July 2020. Consultancy racket and e-mobility fraud, reportedly involving Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and former Chief Secretary M. Shivashankaran.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly held, noting that the Petitioner had failed to produce an iota of proof to support the charges that;

"The petitioner has solely relied on the statement of the Leader of the Opposition and contended that if it is true, the matter requires investigation. As such, he has no evidence or material, and that is why he has prayed for an interim direction, as stated above. The investigation is the function of the police and the writ court cannot be converted as an investigation agency."

The Petitioner, a resident of Cherthala City in Kerala, had moved the High Court on the grounds that Shivashankaran was indeed a kingpin behind all the above-mentioned scams and that Chief Minister Vijayan was definitely fully aware of the incidents, although he may not be directly involved in the nitty-gritties of transactions, and he further promoted the same by breaching his official duty and position as CM.

He had, therefore, sought the registration of FIR against both of them, allegedly for the smuggling of gold to India using the diplomatic channel and the scams Sprinkler, BevQ App and eMobility Consultancy, which constitute offenses under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of… Continue Reading...

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