State BJP president alleged that CM has direct connections with Swapna Suresh, the alleged member of Gold smuggling case. Alleges Swapna Suresh had an important role in many official functions by State Govt.
On Sunday, customs officers at Thiruvananthapuram international airport seized 30 kg gold worth Rs 15 crore from a consignment meant for the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates in the city. The main accused, a woman identified as Swapna Suresh, is currently absconding after calls for her arrest.
A former Consulate PRO Sarith was arraigned by the Customs in the case, He was taken to the Customs office Kochi after he confessed to the crime. According to the Customs, Sarith, who is no longer associated with the consulate, took advantage of the immunity and privileges enjoyed by diplomatic missions. The smuggling attempt was foiled, and the consignment seized, on the basis of a specific tip-off.
With Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan holding the IT portfolio, Opposition Congress and BJP alleged that the CM’s Office (CMO) has links with the gold smuggling racket.
BJP state president K Surendran also alleged that the CMO is involved. “The Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary has been a frequent visitor at Swapna’s residence. She had been involved in criminal cases in the past. Such a person was appointed in the IT Department with the connivance of the CMO,’’ he told the media.