Kerala gold smuggling case: Swapna Suresh says she acted on instructions from UAE consulate
She has no connection or involvement in the gold smuggling, she said in her request for interim release.
A bail application was filed in the Kerala High Court by Swapna Praba Suresh, a suspect in the gold smuggling case through Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
In her request for interim release, she stated that she was innocent and had not committed any criminal offense.
She pointed out that she had resigned from her post as Executive Secretary in the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) office and joined as a contract agent the PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited which is handling the space park project. under the state IT department. However, she was still working with the consulate as secretary on “demand basis” due to the COVID-19 situation.
She alleged in the bail application that Rashid Khmis Al Sheimelli, who is the current acting head of the UAE Consulate General, had ordered him to check with customs officers the delay of his shipment which had arrived in the cargo on June 30 and again on July 1. The consulate general had instructed him to contact the customs officer at the Thiruvananthapuram freight complex. In the course of carrying out her official duties, she had called the Deputy Commissioner of Customs and checked the condition of the diplomatic cargo.
At the request of the Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Complex, the consul general in charge went to the cargo complex and admitted to the customs authorities that the cargo belonged to him. The shipment was opened on July 5 in the presence of senior officials of the Delhi High Commissioner as well as the Consul General and found 30 kg of gold concealed in the shipment.
She had no connection or involvement in the gold smuggling. She had only contacted the Deputy Commissioner of Customs by telephone in accordance with the instructions of the Consulate General as part of her official work. She had been falsely involved in the affair. She feared that there was any possibility that she was involved in the case. In addition, she had no criminal history. Therefore, she pleaded for the Deputy Commissioner of Customs to be ordered to release her on bail if arrested.