Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala secretariat employee Arun Balachandran has revealed that he booked a flat for the gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh as per former IT secretary Sivasankar's advice. The flat was rented near the secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.

Arun added that Sivasankar asked him to book the flat for a friend named Jayasankar and his family. Arun had talked to the caretaker of the building complex where he could book the flat and he had also tried to reduce the rent of the flat by talking to the caretaker.

Arun also revealed that Sivasankar made the request through WhatsApp. Arun said that all the details of the caretaker were handed over to Sivasankar. Arun is an officer under the state IT department. He is the director of marketing and operations for the High Power Digital Advisory Committee. He was also the IT Fellow of the chief minister.

It is also reported that it was Swapna's husband Jayasankar who first checked into the flat booked by Arun. He had stayed many times in the apartment after the first week of May.

The customs team investigating the gold smuggling case, collected the ID card Jayasankar had submitted there. It is learnt that Jayasankar was also involved in discussions with the accused in the case.