Life Mission deal of Rs 40 crore; Swapna receives Rs 4 cr commission
Thiruvananthapuram: Swapna Suresh, one of the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, had demanded Rs 4 crore as commission from the Unitech company which secured the contract for construction of a building complex in Wadakkanchery under Life Mission project.
Swapna had demanded 10 percent of the project budget as commission. This points out that the deal between Red Crescent, UAE Consulate and Life Mission was worth Rs 40 crore.
As per the statement of Unitech owner recorded by NIA, the company handed over Rs 3.78 crore as commission. It is yet to be found for whom Swapna received the commission.
Swapna had earlier revealed that she received Rs 1 crore as commission for Life Mission project. This money was seized from bank locker by NIA, as told in court.
However, now it has been disclosed that Rs 4 crore was received by her as commission in the project.
Unitech is a company that properly audits its finances and submits it to Income tax department. Hence they had informed that the commission can be transferred only through proper channel. However, Swapna was reluctant to this idea and so Rs 3.78 crore was not given as Indian rupee. A portion was handed over as dirham in Dubai, it is said.
The NIA is inspecting more details on the deal.
Chief Minister had said that Red Crescent offered Rs 20 crore for Life Mission housing project at Wadakkanchery.
Life Mission signed an MoU with Red Crescent. The UAE Consulate was never a witness anywhere. And yet, Swapna Suresh and former principal secretary to CM M Sivasankar played a role in the project. It remains to be seen what new will surface.