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Foreign Currency Smuggling Case | Customs to question Vinodini Balakrishnan

The Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate has asked Vinodini Balakrishnan, wife of former CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, to appear before it on March 10 in connection with the investigation into the foreign exchange smuggling case.

The agency interrogated her on the grounds that she was using one of the expensive mobile phones handed over to Swapna Suresh, managing director of Unitech Builders, as the second accused in the high-profile diplomatic brinjal gold smuggling case. As was. .

He had earlier recorded a statement before the Kerala High Court that the UAE consulate contracted five with 4.8 crore for the construction of 140 houses in Thrissur through the Life Mission program of the government to provide free housing for the poor. Expensive phones were given. The UAE Red Crescent offered to approve the project through the country's diplomatic mission in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Customs Preventive Commissionerate arrested Mr. Ipan on 16 February in a case involving smuggling of $ 1.30 crore, stating that he had information that he had commissioned to obtain contracts for life mission projects. The money given to me was illegally converted. Smuggling in foreign currency and abroad.

The central agency has come to know that Ms. Vinodini Balakrishnan was using one of the five mobiles handed over to Ms. Swapna Suresh by Mr. Santosh Ipan. Investigating authorities have shown evidence that the phone was in the possession of Ms. Vinodini Balakrishnan, although it was not used even after the gold smuggling case made headlines.

Ms. Swapna Suresh, former Principal Secretary to Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, M.K. An expensive phone was handed over to Shivshankar, who was arrested in cases of money laundering and diplomatic goods smuggling. He was released on bail in February.

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