Gold smuggling case: ED sends notice to Swapna Suresh to appear on June 22

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The Kochi Unit of the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate has sent a notice to the main defendant in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh, to appear before it on June 22.

Swapna had testified in the Magistrate’s Court under Section 164 of the CrPC and revealed in the media that the Chief Minister and his family, including his wife and daughter, were involved in the smuggling racket.

She had made a secret statement in court under Section 164, which the Enforcement Department had access to. The ED has now served notice on Swapna Suresh based on this 27-page statement.

The ED studied the statement in detail and ordered the Kochi unit to conduct further investigation into his deposition.

The ED also asked the district court for the two statements that Swapna Suresh had made to the customs department in two other cases.

In the statement under 164, Swapna Suresh had submitted before the Magistrate that Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, his wife Kamala, his daughter Veena, his private secretary CM Raveendran, his former principal secretary Shivshankar IAS, and his former principal secretary , Nalini Netto IAS (rtd) was involved in the gold smuggling racket that rocked Kerala.

The opposition Congress and the BJP are on the streets demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister.

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