Thiruvananthapuram: Swapna Suresh, accused in the gold smuggling case, on Saturday criticised senior IAS officer M Sivasankar for allegedly mentioning her name in his new book, claiming that she was "already a victim."
In a brief interview to Mathrubhumi, she stated that she was shocked by the contents of the book. "I have given him lots of gifts. He had only mentioned about the iPhone in the book. During my time in jail, if I wanted to escape, I could have entrapped him by telling the truth. We could both have written a great book. It could have been published with pictures," she said.
Swapna Suresh, who was released from jail a few months ago after securing bail following her arrest by central agencies in July 2020 in connection with the case of smuggling gold through the diplomatic channel, slammed Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, for claiming that she cheated him by gifting a mobile phone she received as bribe.
"I was the one who was exploited. No other women should encounter my fate. I will announce my decision after reading the book. I will also speak openly on the matter if the situation demands. Sivasankar is well aware of the work and arrangements I was involved in till July 5. His interventions were also in my life," Swapna added.
She also questioned his intention to drag her name into the book and remarked that she has no clue over how he could come out with a clean image by penning such a book. "It is unclear why he wrote the book when everything was settling down. Further, he is speaking half truth. Why is he not publicly revealing everything? He is just trying to regain his public image. There is no sincerity in it," she added.
She also disclosed that she is suffering from depression and suffered cardiac arrest during her time in prison.