Swapna Suresh (left) M Sivasankar (right) | Photo: ANI
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has approached the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the case registered by the agency related to the controversial gold smuggling through diplomatic channels to a court outside Kerala.
ED Kochi Zone Assistant Director asked the court permission to move the case to a Bengaluru court.
Sources said the move is due to the fear that the state government may influence the witnesses in the case.
The case 610/2020 is currently with the sessions court in Ernakulam. PS Sarith, Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair and M Sivasankar are the accused in the case.
Swapna had recently filed a secret statement in the case triggering a fresh round of controversies. ED is still deliberating on the actions that need to be taken on the statement. Most of her allegations were part of the previous statement as well.
The transfer plea has the approval of senior officials of finance and law ministries, it is learnt.
It may be noted that the state had registered a case against the ED officials for allegedly trying to coerce Swapna and Sandeep to give statements against CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The ED fears such actions would continue if the case remains in Kerala.