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Gold Standard Falls

Gold Standard Falls Photograph by PTI

The Kerala government finds itself mired in a high-profile controversy for the third time in as many months. The dust had just begun to settle on the Sprinklr data privacy and PwC e-mobility project rows when allegations of impropriety and criminality were again raised against the information technology department—this time in a gold smuggling case.

Given oxygen in the absence of a uniform statewide lockdown, protests and violence broke out in pockets even as the NIA rounded up the main suspects—after 30kg of gold, valued at Rs 14.82 crore, was seized from a diplomatic bag at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5. The haul reportedly connected to terrorism financing.

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