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Kerala gold smuggling case: Voice clip triggers political storm

A short voice clip, purportedly of gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh who is now in judicial custody, has kicked up a political storm. In the clip put out by a local news portal, Swapna is purportedly heard saying that she would be made an approver if she confessed that she went to UAE with M Sivasankar—former principal secretary to CM Pinarayi Vijayan and an accused in the case—for financial negotiations meant for the Chief Minister. She is also heard purportedly saying that “they”—an apparent reference to ED officials—did not allow her to read her statement, but scrolled through it and asked her to sign it. Swapna is lodged at a sub-jail in Thiruvananthapuram.

The voice clip emerged hours after BJP state president K Surendran alleged that many persons close to Chief Minister Vijayan and Finance Minister Thomas Isaac visited Swapna at jail without mandatory permission. He demanded that the Home Department release the list of persons who visited her.

News source ~ Indian Express