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Saturday, 28 November 2020 9.46 AM IST

Minister KT Jaleel to be grilled by customs again; Serves with notice to be present on Monday

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KOCHI: Minister KT Jaleel to be grilled by customs again. The department has served a notice to the minister to be present on Monday in its office. Now he will be quizzed by the department on the case relating to the distribution of religious scriptures. Customs hold the view that there is a clear violation of law in distributing religious scriptures which came through the diplomatic channel. The minister will be grilled to gain more clarity over the issue.

Customs department has earlier constituted a probe team to conduct a preliminary probe over the issue. The probe team has found out a clear violation of procedures and law in transferring religious scriptures via the diplomatic channel with tax exemptions and distributing it among various institutions and persons across the state. The opposition has also alleged that Jaleel’s case shows a clear violation of FCRA act.

Apart from religious scriptures, about 17,000 kg worth of dates were also transferred to Kerala via the diplomatic channel. The diplomatic channel is used for the safe travel of diplomats in the country but Jaleel and his aides have transferred religious scriptures under the garb of the diplomatic channel.

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TAGS: MINISTER K T JALEEL, RELIGIOUS SCRIPTURES, CUSTOMS, MINISTER, CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, FCRA ACT, DIPLOMATIC CHANNEL, DIPLOMATS
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