“Kerala CM supports all illegal terrorist activity for the benefit of her daughter”: Swapna Suresh

Swapna Suresh, accused in Kerala gold smuggling case, appears before ED officials at her Kochi office for questioning, Kochi (File)

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Cochin: Swapna Suresh, the main defendant in the alleged gold smuggling case, alleged on Monday that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan helped the UAE consulate facilitate the escape of a terrorist. According to a report by the ANI news agency, Suresh alleged that the UAE consulate asked him to speak to the chief minister to facilitate the travel of a UAE national, who was allegedly caught with a phone. Thuraya satellite, which is banned in India.

“That day, I received a phone call from UAE consulate officials (in the state capital) asking me to talk to Vijayan about this matter, so I called his secretary. Mr Sivasankar and informed him and he said he will talk to Vijayan. Within 5-10 minutes, I received a call from Sivasankar asking me to send an official to the police station to get a written affidavit. I was asked to give a similar affidavit to the consulate and I did the same with Shivasankar’s concern and consent,” Suresh told the agency.

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Suresh alleged that Vijayan supports “any illegal terrorist activity to smooth the business demands of his daughter’s interests”. Suresh is the main defendant in the Kerala gold scam, which involves the seizure of 30 kilograms of 24-karat gold worth Rs 14.82 crore at Thiruvananthapuram airport in July 2020. The suitcase from which the gold was recovered was being delivered to the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

Suresh, a former employee of the UAE consulate, was questioned about the case. Officials investigating the Kerala gold scam claimed it was the first time in history that such a large-scale smuggling attempt had occurred under the name of a foreign country’s diplomatic office.

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