From travel agency to govt service - How gold smuggling accused Swapna grew on high profile links

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Thiruvananthapuram: Swapna Suresh, the key conspirator in the gold smuggling case at Thiruvananthapuram international airport in the form of diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE consulate, arrived in Thiruvananthapuram as an employee at a travel agency.

Swapna’s father, a Neyyattinkara native, was an employee in Gulf. She completed her studies in Abu Dhabi. Fluency in English and Arabic, helped her in the journey.

Swapna returned to Kerala after 2010. After the travel agency job in the state capital she joined Air India SATS. In 2014-2015, she was involved in many controversies related to the job. Even then she was leading a luxurious life.

During this time, police registered a case against her for filing complaints against two Air India staff by forging documents. Police will soon file charge sheet in the case.

Her high profile links started with the job at Dubai Consulate. While working as secretary to Consul General, she had intervened in all important matters. She made contact with industrialists, politicians and senior officials during this job.

She also met Sarith, another accused in the gold smuggling case, while working here.

According to police, they both were expelled from Consulate one year back, after irregularities were found in audit. However, Swapna was able to secure a job in government using her contacts.

Earlier, she was staying at Mudavanmugal in Poojappura. Locals had alleged that IT Secretary M Sivasankar was a frequent visitor to this apartment.

Once her husband Suresh attacked the security officer here and later they shifted to Vattiyoorkkavu and then to Ambalamukku.

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