Refusal by the Kerala CM to Cooperate With the Enforcement Directorate Chief Minister in the PMLA Case


The CM of Kerala, Raveendran, has refused to cooperate with the ED in its investigation of the alleged irregularities in the cooperative financial institutions of the state. Vijayan also criticised Jaleel for taking up the matter with the ED and said there was no need for the ED to get involved in the state’s cooperative sector. In fact, the state’s Cooperative Department has already begun an investigation into the alleged irregularities at the AR Nagar Service Cooperative Bank.

CM Raveendran opposes ED probe into alleged irregularities in state’s cooperative financial institutions

The Kerala CM is undergoing medical treatment at a hospital in the city. It is unclear whether the ED will pursue a case against him or not. His health is in poor condition due to a recent complication after COVID-19. Kerala Congress chief Mullappally Ramachandran has accused the CM of being hospitalized to avoid a probe.

Pinarayi Vijayan has strongly opposed the ED’s investigation into alleged irregularities in Kerala’s cooperatives. The CM said that ED should not interfere in the cooperative sector. But K T Jaleel, a former cabinet colleague and CPI(M) MLA, has demanded an ED probe into a cooperative bank run by the Indian Union Muslim League. Jaleel has alleged that there was money laundering and fraud in the bank.

Court stays summons issued to him in PMLA case in connection with alleged irregularities in state’s cooperative financial institutions

On August 22, the Kerala High Court stayed the summons issued to India Kerala Enforcement Directorate’s chief minister in the PMLA case over allegations of irregularities in state’s cooperative financial institutions. The ED has claimed that a sugar cooperative that was allotted to AJL was resold to the relatives of two senior politicians. The ED has alleged that the cooperative sold its assets to a company run by the director of the former MLA’s wife Sunetra Pawar.

Jaleel, a former cabinet colleague of Pinarayi Vijayan, has also denied the allegations. The MLA has argued that the ED shouldn’t meddle in the cooperative sector. Jaleel, who is a CPI(M)-backed MLA, had demanded an investigation into an alleged money laundering case involving an IUML-controlled cooperative bank.

The ED has accused Pawar of being a key player in the Rs 2,500 crore loan scam at Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank. The ED had accused the NCP chief of instructing Waze to extort Rs 100 crore a month from Mumbai’s cooperative financial institutions.

The ED wants the closure report to be rejected and the EOW should continue its investigation. The ED has filed over 2,500 ECIRs and has only 1,000 staff. As of now, the ED is facing a difficult task. As many as 2,500 ECIRs have been filed since the PMLA’s enactment, the ED only has around a thousand personnel.

The ED has also contested the closure report because it was a public interest matter. The ED has the right to intervene in the case, but Pawar is unlikely to be able to do so. This is an important decision for the state’s cooperative financial institutions and the ED’s future in this case.

In April 2018, the ED managed to arrest three individuals and get convictions in two cases. But the amounts were relatively smaller. The ED managed to get a conviction in one of the cases, which was involving a fake Indian currency worth Rs 1.4 lakh. The ED also traced two immovable properties worth Rs 3 lakh and seized 30 kg of opium.

The Supreme Court has the power to check the legality of laws passed by the Parliament. If a law is passed without the consent of Parliament, it becomes ineffective. If the court rules that a law is unconstitutional, it must be re-enacted by Parliament. The BJP has the majority in the Parliament.

Earlier, the ED had arrested Priyanka Gandhi’s son-in-law, Rahul Gandhi, in a bank fraud case involving the Sterling Biotech businessman. The ED also arrested former Karnataka minister D.K. Shivakumar, and questioned him for eight hours. The ED also demanded that Vadra cooperate with their investigation.

ED seeks to shift case outside Kerala to sabotage sensational case

The ED is trying to move the Gutkha scam case outside the state because the State Government is not handing over evidence of the bribe money to the investigating agency. It is suspected that the State Government has been trying to influence the probe in this case by not providing the evidence required. The documents could delay the freezing of the Health Minister’s assets. In the past, the State Government has been cooperating with the ED.

The ED has decided to shift the case outside Kerala to investigate the larger conspiracy that is allegedly behind the incident. They have summoned Shaj Kiran and K Ibrahim, two Wayanad natives who were key players in the investigation. They will also question journalists and politicians who have been involved in the case. But Swapna Suresh, who is the wife of the State Minister, alleges that Shaj Kiran tainted the case by leaking the audio recordings.

After the case was shifted to the CBI, the state government decided not to prosecute the two former ministers. The Supreme Court upheld the Madras High Court’s order and directed the CBI to take the investigation. The CBI allegedly received several reports during the investigation, including reports from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) and the Income Tax Department. The CBI then wrote to the state’s other agencies, including the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC). But instead of adopting the State’s First Information Report, it registered a fresh case against “unknown officials” in the Central Excise Department and the Government of Tamil Nadu. The CBI has invoked provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, which makes the allegations

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