CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan finds himself in a controversy, with IUML and BJP leaders on Wednesday alleging that the Mini Cooper car used by him in the Jana Jagratha Yatra, belonged to an accused in a gold smuggling case.
IUML state secretary MC Mayin Haji told media that the Mini Cooper convertible car belonged to Karat Faisal, who is an accused in an alleged attempt to smuggle gold through Karipur airport. The case was registered by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in 2013, reports TOI.
Haji has asked the state government for an investigation into the incident. He also added that the incident indicates the link of CPI (M) leaders with the hawala mafia, reports TOI.
Karat Faisal was made seventh accused in the case by DRI officials on March 27, 2014 and was taken into custody. Faisal was also a member of the Koduvally gram panchayat then, the report adds.
Muslim Youth League (MYL) state senior vice president Najeeb Kanthapuram has asked CM Pinarayi Vijayan to reveal the `sponsors' of the Jana Jagratha Yatra.
BJP leader K Surendran took to social media and put out a Facebook post showing the details of the Puducherry registered vehicle. He also posted a picture of the Mini Cooper and warned CPI (M) of revealing more details in this regard.
Meanwhile, Kodiyeri has denied all allegations and told media that he did not know who the owner of the car was. He also said that it was arranged by the party's local unit.