Swapna’s statements are contradictory, Kodiyeri says in response to his audio

Swapna Suresh, accused of smuggling gold, released an audio, allegedly between her and a former journalist Shaji Kiran, who names the CM and Secretary of State Kodiyeri.

After Swapna Suresh, the main defendant in the Kerala gold smuggling case released an audio recording of a conversation she allegedly had with a former visual journalist called Shaji Kiran who names Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the Secretary of State Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the latter on Friday, June 10, said the same case made headlines in 2020 and was dismissed by the public. “Various national agencies had probed this matter then and nothing came to the surface and we left won two elections (local body in 2020 and Assembly in 2021) because the people had rejected everything. Now the same thing has happened again surface and the only new allegation is the smuggling was done in biryani ships,” he said, and added that it was just an attempt to target Pinarayi, his family and the party.

“We have decided to start a campaign against this and tell the people and then use the people, we will face this assault, which is now a joint initiative between the BJP and the Congress. We are the least worried because this is not the first time that Pinarayi has been targeted, because not so long ago everyone heard of a company called Kamala International (Kamala is the name of Pinarayi’s wife) in Singapore and everyone knows what happened to this baseless allegation,” he said.

Kodiyeri also accused Swapna of making contradictory statements. “Initially she gave a good word to Pinarayi and his assistant at the time, M Sivasankar, saying they had no role and now she is saying the opposite,” he pointed out.

“We haven’t seen his last statement whereas in his previous similar statement those things weren’t there. So it’s up to the court to decide now,” he added.

In response to a question about an audio clip Swapna released on Friday in which it alleged that funds belonging to Kodiyeri and Pinarayi had been sent to the United States through Believers Church, Kodiyeri said he had been to the United States three time and that it was for his treatment, with full costs borne by the party.

Swapna alleged that Shaji Kiran threatened her with naming CM Pinarayi and her family members in a statement under Section 164 of the CrPC, and asked him to retract his statement. The audio released by Swapna to Palakkad on Friday is said to be between Shaji and herself, where he makes accusations against Pinarayi and Kodiyeri.

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