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Remarks of Chennithala not against government, says Chandy

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said that the remarks of KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala that “a government which is not transparent cannot survive” were not against the UDF government in the State.

Seeking a comprehensive and truthful probe into the gold smuggling cases, Chennithala had on Thursday said a government, if not transparent in its functioning, would not survive. His comments came in the wake of reports of the role of the chief minister’s office in the smuggling cases.

If the government tries to protect the culprits, the media will disclose them, said the Congress leader adding the recent case of gold smuggling was a serious matter and needed thorough probing.

Asked if a revamp of the CM’s office staff was required in the view of their continuous ‘involvement’ in the recent cases, Chennithala said that was upto the chief minister to decide.

Last week, the customs at Kochi airport nabbed two women who had arrived from Dubai and were possessing 20 kg of gold valued at Rs.6 crore.

On questioning the two women, the authorities stumbled on more evidences and took into custody Fayiz, the main accused in the case.

Fayiz, when interrogated, blurted out the contacts he had with people in customs, police, film industry and those who matter, prompting a section of the TV media here to weave stories.

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