Kerala has been the epicentre of an anti-corruption campaign that has been raging since 2014, when then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was ousted by the BJP-led state government.
The BJP-ruled state government in Kerala has blamed the government for the rise of corruption and has accused Chandy and his son N.D. of involvement in the case.
In a press conference in Ernakulam on Monday, state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan accused the BJP of trying to silence him by releasing a video which the Chief Minister called “the most serious case of corruption”.
In a video released by the Chief Secretary, Mr. Vijayan alleged that the BJP had “hacked” the police force and claimed that the Chief minister and his wife have been living in a fake home for years.
The Chief Minister has denied all allegations.
Mr. Chandy, a member of the ruling Trinamool Congress, has denied the allegations and said that he is innocent of all charges.
Mr. Vijayn said the investigation by the Kerala Special Task Force (KSTF) has revealed that the “BJP-ruling Kerala government has been using the power of the police to commit criminal acts”.
Mr. Chanda, who had been under house arrest since the arrest of his son and chief minister, was on the first day of his first extended leave of absence.
Mr Chandy has accused the Chief Ministers Office (CHO) of having tried to interfere in the investigation into the case and said it is a case of “criminal conspiracy”.
Mr Chanda also alleged that CHO officials had made up a story to discredit him and his family and tried to stop him from taking up his post.
He said the CHO had even threatened to take legal action against him.
Mr Vijayan also demanded that the CBI probe the case to establish whether the chief minister and Mr. N. D. were involved in the murder of an alleged mobster.