Thiruvananthapuram: Already on the mat, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appeared to have gotten some reduction after the assertion of Swapna Suresh, prime accused within the gold smuggling case, to the Enforcement Directorate, surfaced within the media, whereby she appears to have given a clear chit to Vijayan.
As per reviews, Swapna has mentioned that she had solely had official interactions with the Chief Minister and there was no private relation.
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She has testified to the ED that there was just one event that she met Vijayan with out being accompanied by the UAE Consulate officers and that was carried out to temporary his spouse in regards to the go to of the Sharjah ruler and on the customs and practices to be undertaken through the go to.
She additionally testified that when her father handed away, Vijayan referred to as her on the cellphone of his secretary M.Sivasankar.
Vijayan has been within the dock ever because the gold smuggling case surfaced with the arrest of P.S. Sarith, a former worker of the UAE Consulate right here on July 5 by the Customs, after baggage to the UAE Consulate containing gold was discovered.
Swapna was additionally an worker of the UAE Consulate and later moved on to a luxurious salaried job at Area Park, which is below Vijayan.
Following the arrest of Sarith, Swapna and her enterprise affiliate Sandip Nair was on the run, however was quickly arrested from Bengaluru by the NIA.
After the arrest surfaced the information that Swapna and Sivasankar have been good buddies and later she termed him as her mentor.
Vijayan first eliminated Sivasankar from the submit of his secretary and likewise the IT Secretary after which suspended him from the service.
With the Congress and the BJP respiratory down Vijayan’s neck, he went right into a shell and the one comment that he made then about Swapna was her assertion that she made to the probe officers, which mentioned that she ‘knew’ Vijayan as Chief Minister.
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After a while, when the statements of Swapna given to numerous companies first surfaced, Vijayan admitted that he had met her in his workplace, when she got here together with the highest UAE Consulate officers. This was shortly latched on to by Chief of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala who launched a scathing assault on Vijayan.
It was the State BJP president Okay.Surendran, who first broke the information that Swapna and Vijayan knew each other fairly properly and the latter was feigning ignorance.