Gold smuggling: Accused’s voice clip creates stir

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 19

A voice clip purported to be that of gold smuggling case key accused Swapna Suresh, now in judicial custody, alleging central agencies were putting pressure on her to give a statement against CM Pinarayi Vijayan has created a stir in Kerala. The ruling CPI-M said the alleged use of probe agencies “to target the CM” was a serious matter.

Union Minister of State V Muraleedharan and the state Congress slammed the Left Front government, alleging that it was a “political plot” to divert attention from corruption charges ahead of the local body elections next month. In the clip, released by an online news portal, Suresh purportedly accuses the investigation agencies of trying to force her to name Vijayan. — PTI

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