Police record arrest of Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh in fake degree case

South India

Swapna Suresh is currently in judicial custody in connection with smuggling of 30 kg of gold in a United Arab Emirates diplomatic baggage. 

The Kerala police on Thursday, September 3, recorded the arrest of Swapna Suresh, one of the prime accused in the gold smuggling case in connection a case registered against her for alleged forgery to secure a job in a government project of the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL) under the IT Department.

Thiruvananthapuram Cantonment police station circle inspector recorded her arrest at the Kakkanad district jail in Ernakulam, where she lodged under judicial custody in the smuggling case. A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Kochi had last week extended judicial custody of Swapana Suresh and two accused Sarith P S and Sandeep Nair till September 9.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case will approach the magistrate seeking custody of her for further interrogating her in connection with the forgery case. Cantonment Assistant Commissioner, D S Suneesh Babu, who leads the investigation said Swapna would be taken to the KSTIL office for evidence collection.

The SIT had registered the case in July against her and two firms- Pricewater House Coopers and Vision Technologies on a complaint by the KSITIL. The consulting agency Pricewater House Coopers and Vision Technologies, responsible for verifying the documents submitted by her, were the second and third accused in the case, police said.

The case was registered under IPC sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document). Suresh is facing allegations of submitting a fake B.Com degree certificate of Maharashtra-based Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar University for getting an appointment in the Space Park under the I-T department.

Her employment was terminated by the government after her name cropped up in connection with the bid to smuggle over 30 kg of gold using a diplomatic baggage through the international airport last month.

She has been arrested in the smuggling case by the NIA along with another accused. The woman, a former employee of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consulate at Thiruvananthapuram is among the four accused booked by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).


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