Wednesday, 08 Jul, 1.33 am Kaumudi Online

Six-hour raid in Swapna Suresh's flat; documents seized but she's still in hide-out

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as Swapna Suresh, accused of scheming the smuggling of 30.25kg gold worth Rs 15 crore from UAE to Kerala through diplomatic channel, is hiding somewhere, the Customs sleuths on Tuesday conducted a six-hour raid in her flat at Mudavanmugal. The Customs also later sought the help of the CBI to track her down.

On the other hand, Swapna is expected to file an anticipatory bail plea in the high court on Thursday. There are also hints that she may surrender before Customs on Thursday.

The presumption of the police is that Swapna is staying put in Thiruvananthapuram since triple lockdown has been imposed here. In the raid, laptop, two pen drives, hard disc, old passport, bank passbooks, two files containing documents have been seized.

The CCTV visuals from the flat were examined and caretaker's statements were recorded.

The raid was conducted in the presence of Swapna's brother.

Swapna fled her residence after she got the information that Customs had opened the bag that was sent from UAE. Soon after this, many phone calls reached the Customs, asking them to release the bag without checking. Among them, there were calls from a minister's personal staff and two top officials from Secretariat.

There were also calls from Customs officers from Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai. They were misinformed that the customs in Thiruvananthapuram had broken the bag. All these calls have been recorded by the Customs.

As soon as the bag was opened, the co-accused Sarith formatted his mobile phone so that all data got deleted. The Customs has sent the phone to forensic lab for retrieving the data.

The Customs has also collected details of the assets of Sarith and Swapna apart from their phone calls and smuggling deals.

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