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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his ‘immediate intervention’ in the gold smuggling case. He stated that an investigation by central agencies into the incident is the ‘need of the hour.’ The Chief Minister has assured that the state government will provide all necessary assistance for the probe.

Pinarayi Vijayan in his letter said that the case had serious implications as it undermines the nation’s economy.

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In his letter to PM, Mr.Vijayan said, “The fact that the attempt to smuggle huge quantity of gold was concealed in diplomatic baggage makes the matter extremely serious. It is learnt that customs officials are conducting an inquiry into the incident. The case has serious implications as this undermines the economy of the nation.”

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“It is requested that an effective and coordinated investigation into this incident by all central agencies concerned is the need of the hour. The scope of the probe should cover all aspects from the source to the end utilization. Every link of this crime should be unravelled so that such incidents do not recur.” the Chief Minister said in his letter.

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Earlier Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala has demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister alleging his role in the gold smuggling case. He also wrote a letter to Prime Minister stating that the entire matter will severely impact India’s national security.