Sivasankar-Venugopal WhatsApp chat history comes to light; told CA to leave Kerala
Kochi: M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to Chief Minister, had directed his chartered accountant Venugopal to leave Kerala following the arrest of Swapna Suresh. The WhatsApp chat between Sivasankar and his chartered accountant revealed this fact.
The duo expressed concern over the locker 10 days after Swapna’s arrest in the gold smuggling case, the chat history reveals.
The chat history which was received by Mathrubhumi News also disclosed that Sivasankar appealed to Venugopal to leave Kerala in order to escape from media over the case.
Swapna Suresh was arrested on July 11 over the controversial diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case.
It is learnt that Swapna and Venugopal jointly managed the locker. Sivasankar and Venugopal talked about this locker during a chat through WhatsApp. Venugopal informed Sivasankar that the customs questioned him about the locker while chatting with him.
Responding to him, Sivasankar expressed his concern over media reports which revealed that Venugopal told the probe team that he opened the locker with Swapna as directed by Sivasankar.
The WhatsApp chat also revealed that someone had alerted him of the probe team investigating his financial transactions. The investigation agencies have used his WhatsApp chat history as the main tool to trap the IAS official. Only a few chat history has come to light now.
Earlier, media has reported that Swapna Suresh and Venugopal opened a joint locker and funds received from Life Mission deal and gold smuggling was deposited in this.
The WhatsApp chat also mentions Venugopal informing Sivasankar of media personnel camping in front of his house and that he managed to remain indoors. In reply, Sivasankar advised him to leave Kerala and recommended him to choose places like Nagercoil or a safe hideout.