The Kerala government on Monday terminated the service of information technology consultant Swapna Suresh after the Customs department unearthed her alleged links to a gold smuggling racket following the seizure of 30 kg gold from a diplomatic consignment on Sunday.
It is reportedly said that the customs department has said that Swapna forged documents of the UAE consulate to obtain diplomatic immunity to run her gold smuggling operations.
The customs department has revealed that Swapna Suresh is the master brain behind the attempt to smuggle around 30 kg gold from a diplomatic consignment bound to the UAE Consulate General, Thiruvananthapuram.
Swapna is said to have connived with former Consulate PRO Sarith. The duo is said to have used diplomatic channel to smuggle large quantities of gold into the state. As per protocol, diplomatic baggage are generally not subject to detailed scrutiny.
“She was into a six-month contract and had ended already. However, she was continuing due to the COVID-19 and lockdown,” said the IT department. Earlier, Swapna Suresh had worked as executive secretary at the Consulate of United Arab Emirates at Thiruvananthapuram.