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Kerala Gold smuggling case: Accused Swapna Suresh names CM Pinarayi Vijayan, 3 Cabinet ministers

The allegations come months before the crucial Assembly poll in Kerala and can stir trouble for the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

Swapna Suresh was sent to NIA custody in September 2020 (File Photo)

In a statement filed by the Customs Commissioner Sumit Kumar in Kerala High court on March 4, main accused Swapna Suresh made shocking revelations against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, and other Cabinet ministers. In the statement, Suresh has exposed a ‘high-profile syndicate’ behind the illegal smuggling of Gold through diplomatic cargo from the UAE consulate.

According to the statement filed in the Kerala High Court, Swapna Suresh has made statements under section
108 of the Customs Act and section 164 of CRPC, which was submitted before the Chief Judicial Magistrate by the Customs department, he added.

“She has made shocking revelations about the Chief Minister’s close connections with the previous Consul General of UAE and the illegal monetary transactions carried out. Her close connection with the Chief Minister and his Principal Secretary and a personal staff was also revealed,” the statement read.

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Kumar in his affidavit also revealed that Swapna Suresh also stated with clarity about the smuggling of foreign currency at the instance of the Chief Minister and the Speaker with the help of the Consulate. She has also clearly stated the improper and illegal activities of the 3 Ministers of the State Cabinet and the Speaker. She has further stated about the involvement and the kickbacks received by high-profile persons from various deals.

The gold smuggling case accused S Suresh added that she is aware of all these transactions and was a witness to the same as she is well versed in Arabic language and hence was forced to act as the translator between the above said persons and persons of Middle East origin in all their crucial interactions.

According to her, the former Principal Secretary was acting as the link between the high profile politicians of Kerala and the UAE Consulate officials as some others and in coordinating the illegal financial dealing.

The allegations come months before the crucial Assembly poll in Kerala and can stir trouble for the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) which has CM Pinarayi Vijayan at its helm. With allegations of his involvement in Dollar as well as Gold smuggling cases, Pinarayi can find himself midst a political storm as Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and BJP will likely use these allegations against the incumbent government in Kerala.

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In the last polls held in 2016, LDF had won 91 seats while UDF had bagged 47 seats, while BJP failed to even win a single seat in the 140-seat Kerala Assembly.

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