Swapna Suresh Munjam has filed a petition in the Kerala High Court seeking gold smuggling worth Rs 15 crore. The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has ordered an inquiry after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi seeking the help of the central government in the case.
Swapna Suresh is a key figure in the Kerala Chief Minister’s Office, who is accused of smuggling gold into the state. Swapna, who has been in hiding for the last 4 days, has filed an online petition in the Kerala High Court.
In it, he said he had no involvement in the crime and had only spoken to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs on the phone under the guidance of the United Arab Emirates Consulate in Trivandrum.
In the petition, Swapna also stated that he was asked to look into the delayed parcel by Rasid Khamis, who is currently in charge of the consulate. It is reported that his plea will be taken up for hearing on Friday. The cases have been filed under sections 104 (6) and 135 of the Customs Act, 1962 on the Swapna.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged Prime Minister Modi to investigate the gold smuggling issue through the central government’s investigation agencies. In his letter to the Prime Minister, he said that the gold smuggling incident in the name of the embassy is affecting the country’s economy.
In the letter, Chief Minister Binarayi Vijayan said that appropriate action should be taken to identify those involved in the case and that the Government of Kerala would extend full cooperation to the Central Government’s investigation agencies. Opposition parties have repeatedly accused Swapna Suresh and Chief Minister Binarayi Vijayan of being involved in the case. Congress Opposition Leader Ramesh Sennithala has questioned the release of the evidence. Ramesh Sennithala has said that Binarayi Vijayan should resign as Chief Minister and face trial.
In this context, the Union Home Ministry has ordered the National Intelligence Agency to investigate the case as it poses a threat to national security.