Thiruvananthapuram: Former minister and MLA KT Jaleel held several closed-door meetings with the UAE Consul General, stated gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh in her affidavit filed in the Kerala High Court.
Further, Swapna also alleged that Jaleel sought help to ban the publication of a Malayalam language newspaper in the UAE.
Jaleel envisioned numerous businesses across Kerala and abroad, she alleged.
Swapna said she helped Jaleel to communicate with the Consular General.
Swapna claimed in her affidavit that Jaleel approached the consular general seeking help to ban a Malayalam newspaper that reported the deaths of several Malayalis in UAE during the Covid-19 pandemic. In return, Jaleel offered protection in the illegal transactions through the diplomatic channel, Swapna claimed in her affidavit.
Swapna alleged that by trying to ban the newspaper, Jaleel committed treachery to his country and its citizens. She also stated hence it is evident that Jaleel has fidelity towards another country.
Refuting the charges of Swapna, Jaleel said he has not asked the consular general to ban any newspaper. “When I saw the report, I sent a WhatsApp message to the PA of the consular general to look into the issue and later sent an official mail as well,” said Jaleel.
He also refuted the allegations of having any business dealings with the consular general.