Sunday, July 19, 2020

Crime Branch arraigns Swapna Suresh as second accused in forgery case

Thiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch has arraigned Swapna Suresh, who is now in NIA custody for gold smuggling, as the second accused in the sensational forgery case. Crime Branch DySP B Anil Kumar filed a report in this regard at Thiruvananthapuram Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Saturday. The report said Swapna was arraigned as the second accused on the basis of evidence that proved that she had forged documents and produced fake witness before the Internal Complaint Cell of Air India to implicate one of its staff in sexual harassment case. She has been charged for forgery, impersonation and cheating.

The Crime Branch team is investigating the complaint filed by L S Sibu, a whistleblower in Air India, who had alleged that he was being framed for exposing corruption in Air India. The sexual harassment complaint was signed by 17 female staff of Air India-SATS. However, the Crime Branch found that the complaint was fake and 16 of the signatures were forged. During the hearing before the internal complaint cell, a woman had testified after impersonating as one of the victims of the harassment, the Crime Branch found out.

Former Air India-SATS vice-president Binoy Jacob is the first accused in the case. After garnering evidence, Swapna was summoned to the Crime Branch office before lockdown and her statements were recorded. Crime Branch sources said she had ably assisted Binoy to prepare the fake complaint and forged signatures of 16 woman staff in it. The case was first probed by the Crime Detachment Cell and was later taken over by the Crime Branch. The complainant, Sibu, said the fake complaint had affected his life.
19/07/20 New Indian Express
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