‘Kerala CM, speaker & 3 ministers had role in smuggling racket’

‘Kerala CM, speaker & 3 ministers had role in smuggling racket’

KOCHI : The Customs on Friday informed the Kerala high court that Swapna Suresh –key accused in gold and currency smuggling through diplomatic channel — had revealed the role of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, speaker P Sreemramakrishnan and three cabinet minister in the smuggling racket to it on November 25 last year. She had also said these in statements recorded under Section 164 CrPc and Section 108 of the Customs Act, the court was told.

Sumit Kumar, commissioner of Customs (Preventive), submitted a statement in this regard in response to petition filed by the Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services challenging a lower court’s order for granting effective protection of Swapna on her complaint of receiving a death threat in jail against revealing names of high-profile persons.

“It is submitted that in the 108 Statement and 164 Statement the 1st respondent (Swapna) 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 by the 1st respondent. She also stated with clarity about smuggling of foreign currency at the instance of the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Hon’ble Speaker with the help of the Consulate. She has also clearly stated about the improper and illegal activities of the 3 Hon’ble Minister of the State Cabinet and the Hon’ble Speaker, ” the Customs statement said.

News Source: Times Of India

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