Kochi: Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh said that she has known TV journalist Anil Nambiar for a long time. According to reports, she said that on the day gold was seized, Anil had called her. She added that Anil had also asked her to make the UAE consulate general release a press statement stating the gold was not smuggled through diplomatic baggage.

Swapna also informed Customs officials that Anil was accused in a cheating case and it was Swapna through the help of the UAE consulate who helped Anil.

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Anil asked Swapna about UAE investments in India and sought her help to secure the consulate’s support for the BJP, Swapna said, according to reports.

On August 27, Customs questioned television journalist Anil Nambiar for over five hours in connection with the Kerala gold-smuggling case.

Anil's call records have shown that Anil called Swapna on July 5, the same day Customs had seized 30kg gold from diplomatic baggage. This phone call lasted for four minutes and 22 seconds.