Kerala CM's messenger asked me to withdraw statements, says accused in gold smuggling case
Swapna Suresh, the main accused in the gold smuggling case, on Thursday claimed that she was asked to withdraw statements against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. She alleged that CM's 'messenger' asked her to withdraw statements made in court.
Following her allegations, CCTV footage of CM's 'messenger' Shaj Kiran visiting Swapna Suresh at her office has surfaced. She also claimed to have an audio clip of their conversation, which vindicates her allegations.
However, Shaj Kiran has said that the meeting was over a land deal and it did not involve the chief minister. He has also challenged Swapna to make the audio clip public.
On Tuesday, Swapna Suresh alleged that Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan smuggled currency during his visits to Dubai in 2016. She added that former principal secretary to the chief minister M Sivasankar (also an accused in the case) played a key role in the alleged currency smuggling.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan denied the allegations and termed them baseless and politically motivated.
"These allegations are part of a political agenda. Such agendas are rejected by the people. After a break, the same old claims are repeated by the defendant in the case. There is not a shred of facts in this," CM VIjayan said in a statement.