Swapna Suresh, prime accused within the Kerala gold smuggling case, appeared earlier than the Crime Department officers within the police membership for interrogation within the conspiracy case registered in opposition to her on the criticism filed by CPIM MLA and former minister KT Jaleel.
“I’ve no worry of arrest. I did not do something to be afraid of. It’s a pretend case, charged in a single day. It was initially bailable however was later made non-bailable. Let me face it,” stated Swapna Suresh.
Thiruvananthapuram cantonment police have registered a case in opposition to Ms Swapna on Jaleel’s criticism on June eight this yr in search of a probe into the costs made by Ms Swapna in opposition to him within the Gold Smuggling Case and alleged that she conspired and made defaming statements in opposition to him.
The police registered the case underneath Part 153 (wantonly giving provocation with an intent to trigger riot) and Part 120B (prison conspiracy) in opposition to her.
She skipped the interrogation earlier this week when the Crime Department issued a discover by citing the rationale for ED questioning within the gold smuggling case.
The prime accused within the gold smuggling case Swapna Suresh on Wednesday stated Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had informed lies within the Meeting on Tuesday and urged him to launch CCTV visuals of Cliff Home and Secretariat in view of the probe within the case.
“Yesterday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan talked plenty of issues on the Meeting. It got here to my discover that he had informed plenty of lies with a view to mislead the general public by standing in a really sacred place,” Ms Suresh stated to reporters at this time.
She added, “The Chief Minister stated that he has usually seen me with the Consul Normal. There isn’t a MEA approval for such conferences. All these conferences had been facilitated by me by his level of contact, that’s Sivasankar. All these conferences are in opposition to the protocol.”
She demanded the Chief Minister to launch the CCTV visuals of Cliff Home (official residence of Kerala CM) and Secretariat from 2016 to 2020.
“After 7 o’clock at night time together with the Consul Normal, I went to Cliff Home for secret conferences for his or her necessities. Additionally, I had gone alone there earlier. You possibly can see in these visuals that there was no safety test for me to go there. It isn’t moral to mislead individuals by standing within the Meeting with so many blatant lies like saying that you just have no idea Swapna Suresh,” alleged Ms Swapna.
Within the Meeting on Tuesday, Vijayan stated Swapna is an individual who’s accused of gold smuggling and different instances and the Congress-led Opposition is treating her phrases as the last word fact and utilizing them right here.
He additionally referred to her as somebody who’s now being guided by Sangh Parivar forces.
Ms Swapna early this month testified earlier than a Justice of the Peace underneath Part 164 (5) the place she claimed that Vijayan and his spouse and their daughter Veena had smuggled foreign money to the UAE.
Ms Swapna stated it was she who had facilitated quite a few conferences with the UAE Consul Normal on the Chief Minister’s residence which was in opposition to all protocol as permission was not taken from the Ministry of Exterior Affairs.
On July 5, 2020, 30 kilograms of 24-carat gold price Rs 14.82 crores was seized by the Central Board of Oblique Taxes and Customs at Thiruvananthapuram Airport from a diplomatic bag that was meant to be delivered to the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.
M Sivasankar, the principal secretary to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, was suspended and faraway from the submit after a preliminary inquiry confirmed that he had hyperlinks with Swapna Suresh, one of many accused within the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) probe.
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