Kannur: Kerala Congress MP K Sudhakaran said he can’t say whether the United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders are involved or not in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case. He added if any of the UDF leaders are involved in the case, then strict action would be taken.

He also said that it was condemnable to give a Class 10 failed woman a job when thousands with good qualifications were waiting to get a job in the state. He was referring to the gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh, who worked in the Kerala government’s IT department allegedly using fake certificates.

The Kannur MP also mocked Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan saying that he had abused former chief minister Oommen Chandy in the solar scam case but now many photos of Vijayan with the gold smuggling case accused Swapna are doing the rounds and still Vijayan says that he doesn't know Swapna.

Sudhakaran also said if the chief minister has some kind of self esteem, then he should resign from his post. Many voices are demanding Vijayan’s resignation over the gold smuggling case.

On July 5, customs officials seized 30 kg of gold worth Rs 15 crore at the Thiruvananthapuram airport from a diplomatic cargo addressed to a person in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consulate.

Regarding this, Sarith Kumar who worked at the consulate, was arrested. Reportedly, he told the customs officials about the role of Swapna, an ex-consulate employee now working as the manager of the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited.

The case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The main accused Swapna and Sandeep Nair were arrested from a Bengaluru hotel after absconding for one week.