Thiruvananthapuram: Swapna Suresh, accused in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case, has stated that she acted as an intermediary between Kerala and the UAE at the government level and private level. She revealed this during the interrogation by the Customs. The probe team now has switched their focus to the agreements made between both countries in the recent years.
The influence of Swapna is obvious in majority of the deals within and outside the consulate. The Customs assume that she used to receive a share from even charity and public welfare funds. She also used her influence to settle the cases in Dubai and other places in which Keralites are involved. Many of them had contacted and offered help to Swapna on July 5. The Customs will record their statements.
"From the initial clues about Swapna, it was clear that she is capable of settling many types of deals. She earned crores of rupees this way. It seems mysterious why she got involved in gold smuggling even after this," the sources from the probe team said. Another dilemma before the Customs is to find where Swapna has hidden her assets earned through illegal means.
"According to what she said, she might be possessing a huge wealth. The Rs 1 crore seized from her is only a meager share. But it is not clear what she did with that amount. When Swapna's deals exceeded the limit, Sivasankar had warned her once. As she ignored it, he did not intervene when the gold was confiscated. Sivasankar has repeated this statement also," the officials said.
Somebody is working behind Swapna. The Customs assume that the amount earned by Swapna might have reached these sources. Those who smuggled the gold acted in their usual method. There are assumptions regarding the people who received the hawala amount. However, there is no clue about where the money earned by Swapna disappeared.
The officials are also investigating if Sivasankar was aware of where the money vanished. There was complaints from some entrepreneurs regarding the sluggish pace of some matters in which Swapna intervened on government level. Those who know about this contacted the probe team. At this crucial moment of the investigation, Aniesh Rajan was transferred from Kochi.