Swapna Suresh tries to involve diplomatic issues in gold smuggling case


V S Siju

The Customs has limitations to investigate as the gold was smuggled in diplomatic baggage. There many hindrances even for questioning the lowest staff in the consulate.

Swapna Suresh

Kochi: The legal experts said that in connection with the gold smuggling in diplomatic baggage, the key conspirator Swapna Suresh is intentionally trying to put the blame on UAE consulate. This is assumed to be an attempt to turn the case into a diplomatic issue between the countries and avoid being accused for smuggling.

Swapna Suresh's bail plea has mentioned matters including the privileges offered to the diplomats as per the Vienna Convention in 1961. Considering the gravity of the case, the central government has appointed senior lawyer K Ramkumar. He will appear before the court with Assistant Solicitor General P Vijayakumar when the bail plea will be considered by Justice Ashok Menon on Friday.

The Customs has limitations to investigate as the gold was smuggled in diplomatic baggage. There are many hindrances even for questioning the lowest staff in the consulate. Knowing this, Swapna claimed that she only acted according to the instructions of the consul general. Due to diplomatic privileges, recording statement of the consul general is impossible.

Swapna has stated in the plea that she has no connection with the consulate, but also claimed that she contacted the Customs Commissioner to inquire about the bag as directed by the consul general. However, the legal experts said that it will be a setback to Swapna as she admitted that called the Customs officials.

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