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Hawala racket: VS seeks probe by Central agency

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 24 . The Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, today demanded an inquiry by a Central agency into the hawala racket involving the inflow of Rs. 700 crores into the State for the last several years and the arrest of all those involved in the scam.

The Opposition leader sought a clarification from the Government on why it had not conducted an inquiry into the hawala racket even after the Union Home Ministry's repeated letters to look into the matter.

In a statement here today, Mr. Achuthanandan said he had information that the Union Ministry had not disclosed the names of those involved in the racket on a request from the State police. Reacting to news reports about Rs. 700 crores having flowed into Kerala, he said the Union Ministry had asked the Kerala Government to conduct a probe to find out how the money was utilised, but it had failed to do so.

The news reports, based on the Home Ministry's letter to the CPI(M) MP, A. Vijayaraghavan, on the issue, had stated that Rs. 700 crores had come into the State via the hawala route involving individuals and some establishments. The reports had stated that the money had come into the State through five banks and the amount had been unearthed following investigations into an earlier case involving Rs. 336 crores of hawala money in 2002.

Inquiry not conducted

Mr. Achuthanandan said it was the responsibility of the State Government to conduct a probe into the utilisation of the Rs. 336 crores that came into the State in 2002. It had been alleged that the money had been meant for certain extremist organisations that were suspected of receiving foreign funds. The State Government failed to conduct an inquiry into this charge.

"The Chief Minister has now said that the Government would conduct a serious inquiry on whether the hawala money had been used for extremist activity in the State," he said. He said Opposition members had repeatedly demanded an inquiry in all the Assembly sessions held between 2002 and 2004 and the Government response was that it was not conducting any probe. When the matter was raised in the Assembly through a question on July 26, the Government had replied that the Kerala Police was not involved in any probe.

Mr. Achuthanandan said that the Kerala Government's failure to arrest even a single member of the racket was only a pointer to the close relations between the UDF leadership and the individuals and establishments involved in the racket. He said it was mysterious why the Centre did not conduct a comprehensive probe into an issue that posed a threat to the State's security and its economy.

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