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CPI(M) alleges Opposition leader violated protocol

Written by Shaju Philip
| Thiruvananthapuram |

October 3, 2020 6:20:48 am

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (Supply: Twitter)

In a bid to show desk on Congress within the gold smuggling case, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Friday mentioned Opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala has violated protocol norms by allegedly accepting reward from key accused in case Swapna Suresh, a former govt secretary at UAE Consulate.

After it was uncovered that Increased Schooling Minister Ok T Jaleel has been in contact with the consulate and Suresh with out complying the protocol norms coping with a overseas mission, Opposition Congress has demanded his resignation. The difficulty bought a brand new twist the opposite day after managing director of UNITAC builders Santhos Eapen, in an affidavit, instructed the excessive courtroom that he had bought an iphone for Chennithala on the behest of Suresh. Eapen filed the affidavit within the courtroom difficult the CBI probe right into a housing challenge of the state authorities, funded by Emirates Purple Crescent. Eapen had bagged the development contract. CBI is probing the difficulty over FCRA violations.

Eapen instructed the courtroom that he had paid Rs 3.80 crore to a workers on the Consulate and Rs 60 lakh to a different co-accused within the smuggling case. In addition to six iphones have been purchased, on the behest of Suresh, to be given as a present for dignitaries attending the UAE Nationwide Day celebrations on December 2 final yr. Chennithala was one of many dignitaries on the occasion. Eapen, nonetheless, didn’t point out the opposite names allegedly accepted the reward.

After the celebration secretariat assembly, Balakrishnan instructed the media that the CHennithala had demanded Jaleel’s resignation on prices of accepting Ouran and dates from UAE Consulate in violation of protocol. Now, Chennithala himself has violated the protocol. Chennithala ought to show his innocence within the allegation towards him. Protocol norms are relevant for the Opposition chief additionally, he mentioned.

Chennithala mentioned he had attended UAE nationwide day together with BJP legislator O Rajagopal and CPI (M) chief M Vijayakumar. “How, attending the perform would quantity to protocol violation. I’ve filed a criticism with the police to probe who’s utilizing the iphone, which Eapen has acknowledged to have bought for me as a present. It is a completely baseless and fabricated allegation. I haven’t accepted any reward from anybody throughout that perform. The allegation wouldn’t weaken the Opposition assault towards the Authorities,’’ he mentioned.

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