Gold smuggling case: Swapna wields enormous influence in CM’s office, finds NIA
Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) found that Swapna Suresh, second accused in the controversial gold smuggling case, had great influence in Chief Minister’s office. NIA informed the matter to the special court here while opposing Swapna’s bail plea.
Swapna had clear information on gold smuggling and was part of every stage of the conspiracy. Also she had a major role in the space park project of the state government, said Assistant Solicitor General Vijayakumar, who appeared for the central government.
Swapna had met former IT Secretary M Sivasankar at his apartment seeking help in releasing the baggage carrying gold. However, he refused to intervene in the matter, Vijayakumar further said.
NIA also found that Swapna was more than an average employee at the UAE Consulate. She was an all-rounder at the office. She had a say in all matters relating to UAE. Even after Swapna resigned, she was working here for $1000 remuneration.
Also, everyone connected to the gold smuggling were rewarded $5000 for each deal, NIA further said.