According to the latest reports, Swapna Suresh admitted to the smuggling of foreign currency at the instance of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan. Her claims were included in an affidavit filed by the Customs department in the Kerala High Court. Her statement also names three other cabinet ministers of the state as well as CM’s former Principal Secretary M Sivasankar.
“She has made shocking revelations about the Chief Minister’s close connections with the previous Consul General of UAE and the illegal monetary transactions carried out,” said the affidavit. It added that she is aware of all these transactions as she is well versed in the Arabic language and hence was forced to act as the translator between the above-said persons and the persons of Middle East origin in all their crucial interactions. Moreover, Swapna also revealed the role of Sivasankar in acting as the “link between the high profile politicians of Kerala and the UAE consulate officials as well as some others and in coordinating the illegal financial dealings under the cover of various activities and projects of the state government”.
The affidavit also claims that Swapna apprehends torture and threat to her life in prison. She will have a “serious impact and are likely to cause serious prejudice to the persons above said. They being high profile politicians and holding high positions in the government are capable of repelling by all means”. Earlier, Swapna had informed that a group identifiable as police officers had threatened her from naming the big wigs behind the operation. Later, several reports had claimed that there were other high profile names, apart from P Sreeramakrishnan, included in Swapna’s confession.
Here is the full affidavit submitted by the Customs: