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.
Due to her stay at Abu Dhabi when she was young and fluent in Arabic, Swapna Suresh became the Executive Secretary of Consul General Jamal Husein Alzaabi of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She with her former colleague Sarith was handling the Diplomatic baggage of the Consulate for a long time. On June 30, Air Customs found 30 kg of Gold in Diplomatic baggage from Dubai. The smuggled gold was concealed in steel packs being claimed as food items. The market value of this is currently Rs.15 crores and it is believed that certain jewelry shop owners who are also having branches in the Middle East are behind this smuggling operation through diplomatic baggage.
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.
Late-night development… Sarith was produced before a Magistrate and remanded for 14 days. Currently, he is placed in a COVID detention center. Customs also conducted a raid at fugitive Swapna’s home.
 Ex-employee of UAE consulate in Kerala behind gold smuggling – Jul 6, 2020, GulfNews.com
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