Kochi, Jun 9: The Kerala Excessive Courtroom on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea moved by Swapna Suresh, a key accused within the sensational gold smuggling within the diplomatic luggage case, and co-accused Sarith P S, saying the offences she has been booked for within the conspiracy FIR had been bailable and he was not even an accused within the case. Suresh and Sarith had moved a joint plea searching for safety from arrest within the case lodged by police on the criticism of a ruling LDF MLA’s criticism alleging conspiracy behind her revelations in opposition to him, the Chief Minister and his household.
In his criticism, Left MLA and former minister Ok T Jaleel alleged conspiracy behind the recent allegations levelled in opposition to him, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his household by the important thing accused within the gold smuggling case. Police, thereafter, lodged a case beneath Sections 153 (giving provocation with intent to trigger a riot) and 120B (felony conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code in opposition to Suresh. Justice Viju Abraham dismissed the anticipatory bail plea saying the offences had been bailable and Sarith was not even an accused within the case. In the meantime, State Police Chief Anil Kant has constituted a 12 member Particular Investigation Workforce (SIT) headed by Crime Department SP S Madhusoodanan and has directed it to expedite the probe within the case and file a report fortnightly.
Moreover the Crime Department SP, the SIT contains of 1 ACP, 9 DySPs and one Inspector, officers sources mentioned. The sources additionally mentioned that the probe could be performed beneath the supervision of Crime Department ADGP Shaik Darvesh Saheb. Of their joint plea, Suresh mentioned that whereas the offences had been bailable and Sarith was not accused, she believes that CM Vijayan was out to get them in custody to allegedly coerce her into withdrawing her assertion made beneath Part 164 of the Prison Process Code. Suresh had informed the media on Wednesday that she solely disclosed earlier than the courtroom — in her assertion beneath Part 164 of CrPC — the opposite folks allegedly concerned within the smuggling instances and their “levels of involvement”.
She had mentioned she gave the assertion as there have been threats to her life and if one thing occurred to her or her relations, she might not have the braveness to return ahead and converse concerning the case. Within the plea, Suresh additionally alleged that an individual named Shaji Kiran got here to her workplace at Palakkad to settle the difficulty created on account of her Part 164 assertion. The petition claimed that Kiran was launched to Suresh by former principal secretary to the Chief Minister M Sivasankar previously as an individual very near the CM and different Left leaders. It additionally mentioned that he pressured Suresh and Sarith to give up earlier than the CM and to present an announcement that what she deposed earlier than courtroom was on the instigation of her legal professionals, RSS and BJP.
He additionally allegedly threatened them with dire penalties if they don’t do as he has instructed, the petition had additional claimed. Hours after the plea was filed within the Excessive Courtroom, Shaji Kiran had come on a TV channel and claimed that Suresh was his pal and he didn’t pressurise her to withdraw the 164 assertion. Kiran had claimed that he was known as to her workplace by Suresh on Wednesday and whereas there he had solely requested why she made the revelations now and whether or not she was conscious of the issues she must face on account of the identical. He had additionally categorically denied having been despatched there to settle the difficulty and mentioned even Suresh won’t know such issues have been acknowledged in her plea.
Within the anticipatory bail plea, Suresh has mentioned that her 10-year-old son is alone at her residence in Palakkad and due to this fact, if she is arrested and brought into custody for questioning, there could be nobody to take care of him. “So it’s extremely vital within the curiosity of justice to see that the petitioners should not illegally arrested and brought into custody within the title of questioning because the intention is merely to harass them and coerce them to withdraw the assertion given by the first petitioner (Suresh) beneath Part 164 of CrPC,” the plea mentioned. After her revelations earlier than the media, subsequent to recording her Part 164 assertion, Vijayan had issued an announcement dismissing Suresh’s claims and allegations as “baseless”.
Suresh, a former worker of the UAE Consulate right here, was taken into custody by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) together with one other accused Sandeep Nair from Bengaluru on July 11, 2020. The NIA, Enforcement Directorate (ED), and Customs performed separate probes into the racket that was busted with the seizure of gold value Rs 15 crore from the diplomatic baggage of the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5, 2020. A number of folks, together with M Sivasankar and one other ex-employee of the UAE Consulate right here, Sarith, had been arrested in reference to the case. PTI
Story first printed: Thursday, June 9, 2022, 22:43 [IST]