Ed to obtain confessional statements from Swapna
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has obtained a court order to obtain confessions from Swapna Suresh and PS Sarith, the defendants in the diplomatic gold smuggling case, made before Customs in December 2020.
PS Nishi, the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offences), issued the order on Monday.
The management had seized the court on June 16 to obtain certified copies of the confessions recorded under article 164 of the code of criminal procedure.
A previous advocacy of the management to obtain declarations was rejected by the court on March 2, 2021 on the grounds that the investigation was not completed in the case. The agency once again approached the court this month for the declarations, because the preventive customs had filed a complaint in the gold smuggling case.
Swapna and Sarith had made two confessional declarations to customs in the gold smuggling case, one on December 12, 2020 and another on December 4, 2020.
Later, Swapna also made another statement this month in the Court of Principal Sessions, in which she made allegations against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his family members and KT Jaleel, the former Minister of first government headed by Mr. Vijayan.
Management has requested the certified copies of the statements for “further investigation necessary under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002″.
The court released the management’s plea for copies of confessional statements given by the defendant in the dollar smuggling case as of June 22, as Customs requested time to file its statement.
The Customs case is that the accused allegedly aided in the smuggling of US dollars.
De son côté, l’Agence nationale d’enquête avait engagé des poursuites contre Swapna, Sarith et d’autres en vertu des articles 16, 17 et 18 de la loi sur les activités illégales (prévention). The accused was granted bail by various courts in the case.