Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Smuggling Gold in UAE Consulate’s Diplomatic Baggage: Former staffer Swapna hiding and Customs picks former PRO Sarith. Top IAS officer’s link to be probed

Smuggling through Diplomatic baggage of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consulate in Kerala is going to sex and sleazy tales that lead to a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.  Customs is in search of the former Executive Secretary Swapna Suresh and took custody of Sarith, former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Consulate.

Swapna Suresh is now working in Kerala Government’s Information Technology (IT) park as Operations Manager and is very close with the IT Secretary M Sivasankar IAS, who is also a Secretary to the Chief Minister. The IT Department has terminated her from service today. She went into hiding after former colleague Sarith was picked up by Customs.

Swapna had earlier worked in Air India too and filed fake sexual abuse cases against a senior officer and was facing a police case for floating fake cases. Now Kerala’s Opposition parties are asking how she was recruited by the IT Department with such a dubious background. Due to her proximity with Sivasankar, she was a regular fixture in Kerala Chief Minister’s office also, accuse Opposition leaders. Her Facebook posts show her proximity to the IAS officer and Kerala’s TV channels aired the guard’s interview (guard of the flat where Swapna lives) that Sivasankar is a daily visitor in the evenings. Sivasankar IAS is considered as the blue-eyed boy of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Controversies erupted after Sivasankar tried to influence Customs Officers to hush up the case.

Meanwhile, the UAE Ambassador in Delhi said that certain former local staffers are behind this smuggling. Former PRO Sarith used to deal with the cargo and when he was picked by Customs in on July 3, Swapna went into hiding.
06/07/20 PGurus
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