Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh was appointed to the post of space park operations manager under the IT department on former IT secretary M Sivasankar’s recommendation.

This was revealed in the government's suspension report on Sivasankar, who was the principal secretary to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and also IT secretary. He was suspended after his alleged links with Swapna.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press conference that Sivasankar violated All India Service rules and added that the departmental probe against him will continue.

Vijayan had appointed a two-member committee to investigate Sivasankar’s role in the Kerala gold smuggling case. The panel also examined allegations regarding the appointment of Swapna in a state government department’s project.

The decision was made based on the recommendations by a panel chaired by chief secretary Vishwas Mehta.