In poll-bound Kerala, Customs links CM, Speaker to gold scam

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A worker puts up an election campaign banner in Kochi on Friday. (PTI photo)

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

CM Pinarayi Vijayan

, speaker P Sreeramakrishnan and three cabinet ministers in the smuggling racket 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 a petition filed by the Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services challenging a lower court’s order for granting effective protection to Swapna on her complaint of receiving a death threat in jail against revealing names of high-profile persons.
“It is submitted that 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. She also stated with clarity about smuggling of foreign currency at the instance of the Hon’ble CM 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 ministers of the state cabinet,” the Customs statement said.
The

CPM

said

BJP

had lost its senses on the realisation that

LDF

was set for a comeback. The party secretariat said in a statement that the Customs submission showed that BJP could go to any extent for power. “The customs is trying out-of-the-way tricks to defame CM Pinarayi Vijayan and the LDF government,” LDF convener A Vijayaraghavan said.
Opposition leader

Ramesh Chennithala

sought the resignation of the CM, saying he had lost his moral authority to continue. BJP state president K Surendran said the revelations has put the government in a deep crisis at the time of polls.

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