Gold smuggling case: Swapna requested help for releasing baggage, reveals Sivasankar
Kochi: In the controversial diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case, former principal secretary to chief minister, M Sivasankar gave a crucial statement to NIA. In his statement, he revealed that Swapna Suresh, the second accused in the case, phoned him seeking intervention from his part for releasing the baggage seized by Customs.
He noted that he refused to help Swapna and declared that he will not intervene in the baggage issue. Mathrubhumi received the details of his statement recorded by NIA on Friday.
“Customs seized the baggage addressed to the UAE consulate over some suspicions. During this time, Swapna phoned me and asked for help to release the baggage. As it was a matter related consulate, I refused to intervene in it,” said Sivasankar to NIA.
NIA recorded his statement at Kochi office on Friday.
Meanwhile, NIA initiate measures to interrogate UAE consulate general and attaché in the gold smuggling case. NIA approached the central government seeking permission to question attaché after accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair gave statements against the officials.
In her statement to the probe team, Swapna revealed that attaché was aware of the smuggling and had received commission for it. Swapna also told the probe team that they managed to hide the actual quantity of smuggled gold from the attaché as he continued to demand more commission every time.
After Swapna disclosed the matter, NIA decided to question UAE consulate general and attaché.