The gold smuggling case that erupted last year has once again come back to haunt Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and had put the incumbent Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in a spot of bother with the state assembly elections barely a month away.
Swapna Suresh, the kingpin in the gold smuggling case, has now informed the Customs Department during her interrogation that Vijayan was very much involved in the gold and dollar smuggling cases and that he was in direct touch with the Consulate General.
She also stated that 3 other cabinet ministers, along with Kerala Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, were also involved in gold smuggling case, the Customs Department informed the Kerala High Court.
“Swapna Suresh was the mediator in the talks between the Chief Minister and the Consulate General as the CM does not understand or speak Arabic. Swapna’s statement states that the CM and ministers got crores of money as commission in the deal,” the customs affidavit said.