CPI(M) accuses BJP of using ED against Veena Vijayan

The ruling CPM in Kerala criticized the Enforcement Directorate’s move to file a money-laundering case against the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter and her IT firm, alleging that the Central agency was acting as a “daily labourer” for the BJP.

| Updated: 28 March, 2024 11:39 am IST
ED files money laundering case against Kerala CM Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's daughter Veena Vijayan

KOCHI: In a notable setback for the LDF administration and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ahead of the Loksabha polls, the Enforcement Directorate has initiated a money laundering case involving the Chief Minister’s daughter T Veena. This case coincides with the ongoing investigation by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO).

This issue was initially raised last year by Congress MLA Mathew Kuzhalnadan based on a media report, which cited an Income Tax Department officer stating that “CM Vijayan’s daughter Veena Vijayan’s IT firm Exalogic had received Rs 1.72 crore from the mining company CMRL, in which the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has around 13% stake”. It further mentioned that Exalogic had received funds without providing any services to CMRL during the period between 2016 and 2021.

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The Kochi office of the ED has filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in this matter. The ruling CPM in Kerala criticized the Enforcement Directorate’s move to file a money-laundering case against the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter and her IT firm, alleging that the Central agency was acting as a “daily labourer” for the BJP.

“It (the case) will be handled appropriately,” he said, responding to questions about the Enforcement Directorate initiating a money-laundering case against Vijayan’s daughter Veena Vijayan, her IT company, and others to investigate alleged illegal payments made by a private mineral firm to her and the company.

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Additionally, he claimed that previous Central agencies were only used for political purposes, but now they are also utilized by the Union government and the BJP for extracting money from black money holders and offenders by threatening them. “The party (the CPM) and its members do not succumb to such tactics and cases,” Govindan added.

Last month, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a petition filed by Exalogic Solutions against the SFIO’s investigation.

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