India, Sept. 17 -- Kerala high education minister K T Jaleel is being questioned on Thursday in connection with the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, a week after the enforcement directorate (ED) grilled him amid mounting pressure to sack him from the state cabinet.

The minister reached the NIA office in Kochi at 6 am in a private car for questioning. Reports suggest that a high-level team of the ED and the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) are also camping in the port city.

Many opposition activists were injured in police action in the last five days during protests to oppose Jaleel's continuance in the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet after revelations of his alleged ties with one of the prime suspects in the case. The issue als...