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Swapna Suresh Adamant On Claims Against Kerala CM In Gold Smuggling Case

 A team of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) took into custody P S Sarith, another accused in the gold smuggling case, from their flat in Palakkad on Wednesday.

Swapna Suresh, one of the accused in the gold smuggling through diplomatic baggage case, said on Wednesday that there was no “political or personal agenda” behind her allegation the previous day that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had taken a bag full of currency to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2016.

A team of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) took into custody P S Sarith, another accused in the gold smuggling case, from their flat in Palakkad on Wednesday.

He was taken into custody in connection with a VACB probe in a case related to the state government housing scheme Life Mission, which was implemented with aid from the Red Crescent.

Suresh raised the allegation while interacting with the media in Kochi on Tuesday after stating a local court as per section 164 of CRPC in a money laundering case that came up during the probe into gold smuggling. Following this, Vijayan refuted the allegation saying that it was part of a “certain agenda” against him.

“I don’t have any political or any kind of personal agenda behind stating the court. What I stated in the statement as per section 164, had already been shared with the investigating agencies in the past. I am facing a threat and my present employer is also facing several hardships due to this, I have stated CM Vijayan only because there is evidence”Suresh said.

“Kamala(Pinarayi Vijayan’s wife) and Veena (Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter) are leading luxurious lives, only I am left to suffer. No one should use my statements before the investigating agencies for their agenda.”

Suresh, a former executive secretary at the consulate, had told the media on Tuesday that she had testified against Kamala, Veena, Vijayan’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar, his chief principal secretary Nalini Netto and former minister KT Jaleel over their involvement in gold smuggling. “I cannot reveal more,’’ she said.

Referring to the alleged involvement of Vijayan in taking currency to the UAE, Suresh had said: “Sivasankar had met me for the first time in 2016 when I was the executive secretary to the Consul General. Sivasankar told me that the CM had forgotten to carry a bag, which needed to be taken to Dubai. When the bag was brought to the consulate (in Thiruvananthapuram), we scanned it and realized that it contained currency. I cannot reveal everything about my statement before the court,” she added.

Suresh highlighted that “On several occasions, utensils used for cooking ‘biryani’ were sent to the Cliff House (the official residence of the CM) from the consulate. “The transfer of utensils made of heavy metals from the consulate to the Cliff House had taken place many times. This had been done at the instance of Sivasankar.”

Reacting to the allegation, Vijayan, in a statement, had said “There was no truth in it. “When the gold smuggling case came out, the state government had urged the Centre to conduct a comprehensive probe. Due to political reasons, certain allegations have been repeatedly made against us. This is part of a certain agenda…I am sure Kerala society will give a befitting reply to those trying to harvest gains through baseless allegations,” the CPIM leader replied.

Opposition leader V D Satheesan of the Congress sought Vijayan’s resignation as chief minister.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had mad rigorous attempt to attack the incumbent CM during the Kerala election held last year. But the BJP could only manage to win 1 seat in the state.

 

 

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