New charge of accused against Chief Minister in Kerala gold smuggling case

Swapna Suresh has alleged that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had sought help to meet the ruler of Sharjah.

Kochi (Kerala):

Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh has alleged that state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought help from the ruler of Sharjah in September 2017 for his daughter’s bid to open an IT business in the emirate.

Suresh made this claim in an affidavit filed before the Ernakulam District Sessions Court which became public on Wednesday. Responding to Mr. Vijayan’s claim that she did not know him, Suresh said she would very soon through the media remind the Chief Minister of her presence at his official residence.

In the affidavit filed in the Ernakulam District Sessions Court, she alleged that the ruler of Sharjah held discussions with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his family. He also revealed that Chief Minister’s daughter Veena Vijayan has expressed interest in starting an IT venture in Sharjah.

She further told media persons on Wednesday, “In 2017, the Ruler of Sharjah visited the Cliff House (the CM’s official residence) during his visit to Kerala. During the meeting with the Chief Minister, his family visited the Ruler of Sharjah as one. Informed about. Business interest. Chief Minister’s daughter Veena Vijayan has expressed interest in starting an IT venture in Sharjah. But the project was abandoned after some disagreements with Sharjah. I teach steps and communication to the Chief Minister’s family. The CM’s family had requested and arranged for a private meeting in addition to the official meeting when the rulers of Sharjah arrived. Former principal secretary of CMO) were also present.”

“The Consul General and the Chief Minister had a close relationship. Based on this, the biryani vessels were carried from the Consul General’s house to the Chief Minister’s residence. These biryani ships reached Cliff House under the Consul General’s Mitsubishi contract. The ships, which are larger than usual, It is wrapped in foil paper, so it is not clear to the carrier what is in it. The vessel was held by four men,” he said.

“Shivshankar paved the way for the biryani pots to be brought to Cliff House without any approval. Were upset till the consul general arrived,” he said.

Swapna Suresh, in her affidavit filed before Customs in 2021, had given all this information regarding the involvement of Mr. Vijayan and his family members in the gold smuggling case.

Former Leader of Opposition and veteran Congress MLA Ramesh Chennithala had said a few days ago that the revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Shoba Surendran demanded that the central agencies question the Chief Minister and his family in connection with gold smuggling.

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