Alleged involvement of ‘big sharks’ in foreign currency smuggling shocking, says Kerala HC


The Kerala High Court has observed that the statements of Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS will reveal “big sharks” allegedly involved in the currency smuggling.

Swapna Suresh (L) and Sarith PS (R) are being taken to a court in Kochi earlier this week. (Photo: PTI)

The Kerala High Court observed on Tuesday that the statements of Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS will reveal “big sharks” allegedly involved in the currency smuggling. The court also observed that the “revelations are shocking”.

The court has made these references while pronouncing its order in the custody plea of suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar.

“Investigating officer produced statements of Swapna and Sarith, recorded on November 27 and November 29.The said statements will reveal big sharks who allegedly manipulated the solemn duty and thereby operated the smuggling of foreign currencies. Their names and details have been withheld to ensure confidentiality,” according to the court order.

“This alleged involvement is shocking to the conscience, and an intrinsic probe is necessary to corroborate the allegation. As per the new revelations, these persons have developed strong nexus with the officials of the UAE consulate and thereby operated smuggling activities previously without getting caught,” the order said.

Earlier, Swapna had given similar statements before investigation teams where she had alleged involvement of key UAE consulate officials behind the smuggling of foreign currency. She had said that some officials used their diploma immunity to smuggle foreign currency out of the country.

Meanwhile, Sivasankar was sent to a seven-day custody. The customs had sought an extension of his custody for further interrogation in connection with the gold smuggling case.



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