HC dismisses Swapna's plea seeking to quash cases

One-liner: In a setback to key accused Swapna Suresh in the diplomatic gold smuggling case, the Kerala HC on Friday rejected her pleas seeking to quash the cases registered by state police against her alleging conspiracy in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad.

HC observation: Dismissing the pleas, the HC observed that the investigation in the cases was in a preliminary stage but said the complainant can approach the court after the charge sheets are filed in connection with the cases.

Conspiring to cause riot: Suresh had moved the court two months ago seeking to quash the FIRs registered against her for allegedly conspiring to cause a riot in the state through her recent revelations.

Implicated: In her plea, Suresh alleged that she was falsely implicated in the case and claimed that former minister K T Jaleel had filed the complaint after she had given information about his illegal activities before the court.

CM, others named: Suresh, in her plea, had also alleged involvement of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, two of his family members, ex-minister Jaleel, ex-Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, ex-principal secretary to CM, M Sivasankar, and some top bureaucrats in anti-national activities in UAE Consulate, including gold smuggling.

Source: PTI