Kochi (Kerala) [India]: In a major development, Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the Kerala Gold smuggling case on Thursday claimed that a person has threatened her on the instructions of the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Swapna and another accused in the case, Sarith PS also filed anticipatory bail pleas in Kerala High Court.
According to Swapna, on June 8, a person named Shaji Kiran came to her office at Palakkad around 1.30 pm. He is a person who was introduced to her by Sivasankar stating that he is a person who is very close to CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
“Shaji Kiran, being one of the Directors of Gospel for Asia, an organisation of KP Yohannan, is the person who is handling the investment of the Chief Minister as well as Kodiyeri Balakrishnan aborad. He informed the petitioners (Swapna and Sarith) that he has come on the instruction of Pinarayi Vijayan so as to settle the issue created by the first petitioner by giving 164 statements”, stated Swapna’s complaint.
As per information, Shaji Kiran came to the office in a Toyota vehicle bearing registration No. UP-41 R 0500.
“Shaji Kiran started pressurising the petitioners to surrender before the Chief Minister”, alleged Swapna and Sarith.
“He informed that already a case has been registered against the Swapna and if they do not surrender before the Chief Minister by openly stating that she has given 164 statement at the instigation of the RSS and BJP, he threatened the petitioners with dare consequences to the effect that they will not see daylight as cases will be registered against them in such a way they will have to remain in jail for long,” alleged Swapna and Sarith in their plea.
“Shaji Kiran also informed the petitioners that, though the case has been only against the Swapna and though the offences registered against them are only 153 and 120 B of IPC, they will include more charges and the Sarith will also be included as an accused the police will take both of them into custody and will be remanded to judicial custody,” added the plea.
Swapna Suresh on Tuesday revealed that she has declared in court the involvement of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his wife and daughter in the matter.
“I have already given 164 statements in court about a threat to my life. I have declared in court about all the people involved in this case. I have also filed a petition seeking protection in court. They are considering it. I have declared in the court about what is the involvement of M Sivasankar (then principal secretary to Kerala CMO), the Chief Minister, CM’s wife Kamala, CM’s daughter Veena, his secretary CM Raveendran, then Chief Secretary Nalini Netto IAS, then minister KT Jaleel,” she said.
Swapna claimed that baggage containing currency was sent to Vijayan when he was in Dubai in 2016. (ANI)