Kochi: Swapna Suresh, accused in the diplomatic gold smuggling case, has claimed that the iPhone she presented as a gift to Ms Sivasankar, then principal secretary to Kerala’s chief minister, is now missing. In an affidavit filed in the Kerala High Court, Swapna said that although the National Investigation Agency (NIA) – which is investigating the case – seized the iPhone, it was not registered in the ” mahazar” (list of articles involved in a Case).
“The iPhone contains cats and other details revealing the involvement of the Chief Minister and others in the case,” the affidavit reads. Swapna also claimed that the disappearance of the crucial iPhone proved that the state government was doing everything to sabotage the central agency’s investigation.
Swapna had filed the affidavit in response to the state government’s request to close the gold smuggling conspiracy case.
“Jaleel engaged in anti-national activity”
In his affidavit, Swapna also raised serious allegations against KT Jaleel, who was a minister in the first LDF government led by Pinarayi Vijayan. “Jaleel carried out various anti-national activities. He engaged in secret negotiations with the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates at the consulate in Thiruvananthapuram without the knowledge of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs,” she said.
“Requested ban on a newspaper“
In another accusation against Jaleel, Swapna said he wrote to the leader of the United Arab Emirates to ban ‘Madhyamam’ newspaper in that country. According to Swapna, Jaleel had called for the ban pointing out that the newspaper had reported that a large number of Indian citizens were losing their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates.
As evidence of this letter, Swapna presented in court a copy of the communication that Jaleel had forwarded to him on WhatsApp.
Swapna – who was a Personal Assistant (PA) to the Consul General – further stated in the affidavit that the Consul General told her that Jaleel had promised all the help from the state government as well as the Chief Minister to its illegal business transactions. by abusing diplomatic channels.
“The Consul General also said he is planning a number of business ventures with Jaleel’s partnership,” Swapna said.
Jaleel admits to having contacted the consul general
Responding to Swapna’s allegation regarding his letter to the UAE authorities asking for the newspaper to be banned, Jaleel said he only requested details from the consul general and Swapna, his PA.
“I did not demand a ban on ‘Madhyamam’ in the UAE. Also, neither the state government nor the CPM were aware of my communications with the UAE authorities,” the official said. former minister, who is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly.
“I just wanted to know the real situation in the UAE,” Jaleel explained.
However, when a reporter pointed out that his letter clearly mentioned a ban, Jaleel agreed.
“No trade agreements”
The former minister also claimed that he had no trade agreement with the consul general. “I operated a travel agency during my days with the Youth League. But, now I don’t have any business venture anywhere in the world,” Jaleel said.
“Many NIA officers are loyal to Pinarayi, CPM”
According to Swapna Suresh, several Kerala cadres within the National Investigation Agency (NIA) – which reports to the central government – are close to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPM. “This is the reason why the Chief Minister has recommended an investigation by the NIA into the diplomatic smuggling case,” Swapna said in an affidavit filed in the Kerala High Court.
“This fact was mentioned to me by Mr. Sivasankar, who was the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister,” Swapna said.
“Sivasankar said that if the NIA investigates the matter, the evidence could be manipulated,” Swapna said in his affidavit.