Gold smuggling case: Kerala CM seeks thorough probe by Central Agencies
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has drawn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention to the seizure of about 30 Kg of gold by the Customs Officials at Trivandrum International Airport on 5 July 2020 and sought investigation into this by central agencies.
The Kerala Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister stating that the fact that there has been an attempt to smuggle huge quantity of gold concealed in diplomatic baggage makes the matter extremely serious.
While pointing out that customs officials are conducting inquiry into the incident, Pinarayi has said the case has serious implications as this undermines the economy of the Nation. In fact, it has more than one angle warranting a thorough investigation.
The Chief Minister, seeking an effective and coordinated investigation into this by all central agencies concerned, has underscored the scope of the probe should cover all aspects from the source to the end utilisation. Every link of this crime should be unravelled so that such incidents do not recur, he has emphasised.
Pinarayi has assured all necessary assistance and support to the agencies involved in the investigation by the State Government.
Pinarayi’s letter to the PM has drawn special attention as Swapna Suresh, the main accused in the gold smuggling case, is considered close to the CM. She was working with the UAE Consulate and had been given a lucrative assignment by the Kerala government. Swapna has gone missing after her name was flagged along with an accomplice, when 30 kg of gold was found hidden in a diplomatic consignment being sent to the UAE Consulate from the capital of Kerala.