M Sivasankar, Swapna Suresh | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) produced in court WhatsApp messages between former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, M Sivasankar, and Swapna Suresh in the LIFE Mission scam case. The remand report alleged that there is a larger nexus involving government representatives in the allocation of contracts and the generation of proceeds of crime via the upfront commission as a bribe.
The probe agency included a WhatsApp message, in which Sivasankar allegedly states that the chief minister asked him to give a job to Swapna, in their custody application in the court. ED also included the message in which Sivasankar allegedly says that the chief minister told him that even though Swapna’s job would be low profile, her salary would double.
ED pointed out these matters in the remand report after Sivasankar’s arrest and in the custody application submitted to the court. According to the probe agency, Sivasankar warns Swapna about the transactions at various stages.
"In his WhatsApp message sent to Swapna on July 31, 2019, Sivasankar warned Swapna to be very careful and asked to take care. In his WhatsApp message, Sivasankar told Swapna not to get involved and warned her that if something goes wrong, they would put blame on her. He also told Swapna to keep away from the process to which Swapna replied that she would give it to Sarith and Khalid (other suspects in the case). Sivasankar also told Swapna that CM had asked him to get a job for Swapna," the remand report stated.
The agency also said that Sivasankar had an “interest in the upfront commission earned from M/s Unitac Builders and Developers run by Santhosh Eapen.” Eapen had paid for the iPhone in Sivasankar’s possession, according to ED.
The investigation agency also stated that Sivasaankar is the ninth accused in the case.