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Kerala gold smuggling case: In audio clip, Swapna Suresh claims stress from Central companies to call Pinarayi Vijayan – India News , Firstpost

However, Union Minister of State V Muraleedharan and the state Congress slammed the Left entrance authorities, alleging it was a ‘political plot’ to divert consideration from corruption fees forward of the native physique elections subsequent month

File picture of Kerala gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh (proper). PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: A voice clip presupposed to be that of gold smuggling case key accused Swapna Suresh, now in judicial custody, alleging Central companies had been placing stress on her to offer a press release towards Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan created a stir in Kerala.

While a probe was ordered by the jail division into the episode on Thursday, the ruling CPI(M) stated the alleged use of probe companies “to target the chief minister” and the federal government was a really severe matter.

Union Minister of State V Muraleedharan and the state Congress slammed the Left entrance authorities, alleging it was a”political plot” to divert consideration from corruption fees forward of the native physique elections subsequent month. In the clip, launched by a web-based information portal on Wednesday, Suresh purportedly stated that the investigation companies allegedly tried to pressure her to take the identify of Vijayan, which she refused to do.

She was additionally requested to signal paperwork concerning her assertion with out being permitted to learn them, it was alleged. The Customs, the National Investigation Agency, and the Enforcement Directorate are conducting separate probes into the gold smuggling racket utilizing a diplomatic channel that was busted with the seizure of Rs 15 crore price of the dear steel from the luggage of the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram airport on 5 July. Suresh, a former worker of the consulate, and several other others have been arrested in reference to the case.

Following the surfacing of the voice clip, Prisons DGP Rishiraj Singh ordered a probe directing South Zone DIG Ajaykumar to look into the matter and submit a report on Thursday itself. “DIG south zone is probing the matter. The genuineness of the voice note will also be probed. We will seek the help of the cyber cell of Kerala Police in the matter,” Singh informed reporters.

Shortly later, Ajaykumar visited the Attakulangara ladies jail right here, the place Suresh is lodged, and later informed media individuals that she had admitted the voice within the clip was hers. But, the recording was not made in jail.

Muraleedharan alleged the voice clip was planted by the chief minister’s workplace and it was a conspiracy forward of the native physique polls to derail the probe reaching Vijayan’s workplace.

“Swapna Suresh is in jail. This is a transfer by the CMO to derail the probe reaching the CMO. This is a drama by the CPI(M). It does not have any significance, he informed reporters right here. The probe company has arrested just one particular person from the CM’s workplace (an obvious reference to Vijayan’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar) and some others from Muvattupuzha and Malappuram.

The companies had been shifting ahead to carry the culprits to justice and to seek out the origin and the end-user within the smuggling racket, he stated, including they are going to proceed based mostly on the proof obtainable with them.

“This (the voice clip) was a move by the CPI(M) to strengthen their campaign that the investigating agencies are targeting the chief minister’s office. So the political beneficiary is the CM”, he claimed.

State Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran stated the audio clip was an try by the state authorities to wriggle out of the assorted corruption fees being confronted by it. The CPI(M), in a press release, ‘makes an attempt’ to pressure the accused to show approver quantities to difficult the democracy and the legislation of the land.

“It’s clear from the voice note released by the media houses that there was pressure on the accused to give a statement against the chief minister. The accused said she was not given a chance to read her statement submitted before the court.”

The court docket in Kochi, which had refused bail to Sivasankar, had expressed doubts on the veracity of the assertion filed by the probe company, the assertion claimed.

The suspended IAS officer, whose bail plea was turned down in an Enforcement Directorate case associated to the cash laundering fees within the gold smuggling case, had additionally submitted earlier than the court docket that there was stress on him to say names of political management in his assertion.

The ED had in a counter within the court docket denied the declare of Sivasankar as false, saying it had been made with malafide intention.

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