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Moideen targeted, ED trying to scare CPM, says Govindan – Times of India

T’PURAM: Throwing its weight behind MLA A C Moideen, the CPM state committee which met on Friday unanimously came to a conclusion that the ED probe into Karuvannur Co-operative Bank fraud case was politically motivated. By targeting Moideen, the central agency was trying to browbeat the CPM and discredit the state’s cooperative sector.
CPM state secretary M V Govindan told a news conference that ED, led by some north Indian officials, was trying to cook up incriminating evidence to frame CPM state committee member Moideen. Govindan backed the claims made by CPM municipal councillor P R Aravindakshan that ED officials abused, tortured and threatened him to give statements against Moideen. “He was threatened to confess that he had seen Moideen carrying a sackful of currency notes,” Govindan said. He said ED officials had even warned Aravindakshan that the proposed engagement of his daughter will not take place. ED attempts to hold Moideen as an accused in the case cannot be accepted, he said. ED raided the house of Moideen but it failed to find any incriminating evidence against him, Govindan added.
He said that nobody who invested in Karuvannur bank would lose their money. “The party and the department have probed the matter and tried to find solutions. ED came into the scene when measures were taken for releasing money to depositors. Corruption in the cooperative sector is very rare. The attempts to magnify such stray incidents are aimed at ruining the sector,” he said.
Govindan accused Union cooperation minister Amit Shah of hatching plots to gain control over the cooperative sector. On the campaigns against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his family, he said that such campaigns were also part of the BJP agenda to destroy the CPM and the state government.
‘Govt on right track,
PV not Pinarayi’
Govindan said the party state committee and secretariat has expressed satisfaction over the performance of the state government but wanted to correct the tendency of people in government and party emerging as power centres. He said the correction process set in motion in the party would continue and the annual appraisal of the government’s performance by the party wanted to take extra efforts to strengthen the publicity wing to apprise people of the commendable performance of the government.
Govindan also said the ‘PV’ mentioned in the CMRL records seized by income tax officials was not Pinarayi Vijayan. “The party has examined this and found that the allegations against the CM and his family members were fake,” he added.

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