Kerala gold smuggling case: B'luru cops book Vijesh Pillai for intimidating Swapna Suresh

Police said Pillai is booked for criminal intimidation based on Swapna Suresh's complaint.

Published: 14th March 2023 07:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2023 07:51 PM   |  A+A-

Vijesh Pillai

Vijesh Pillai. (Photo | Vijesh Pillai LinkedIn)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Following the complaint filed by Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, the KR Puram police in Bengaluru have registered a first information report (FIR) against Vijesh Pillai for allegedly offering her Rs 30 crores as a final settlement and threatening to finish her if she didn't heed.

The police have issued notice to Pillai asking him to appear before the investigation officer for enquiry.

Police said Pillai is booked for criminal intimidation based on Swapna Suresh's complaint. The woman, a former employee at the UAE consulate in Kerala, alleged that Pillai had asked her to meet him at a star hotel on Whitefield Main Road on March 4, where he allegedly stated that he was sent by the party (CPI-M) secretary Govindan and offered Rs 30 crores as final settlement for not giving any statement against Kerala chief minister and his family members.

"He asked me to take Rs. 30 crores and leave the country in a week. He threatened me that he would place a bomb in my bag and get me booked in a fake case and also that he would kill me," Swapna Suresh alleged in her complaint.

The police, who had initially registered the case as a non-cognisable report, took the court's permission and registered an FIR under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC against Pillai, on Monday.

It is learnt that the police registered an FIR after visiting the hotel where the meeting purportedly took place and questioned the hotel staff to find that Pillai had visited the hotel on March 4. The police have also verified the CCTV footage of the hotel recorded on the said date.

Following the registration of the FIR, sources said a notice was issued to Pillai asking him to appear for enquiry within six days.

DCP of Whitefield division, S Girish, told TNIE that the police have recorded the statement of the complainant (Swapna Suresh) and have also issued a notice to Pillai to appear before the investigation officer. "The case is under investigation and we are gathering evidence," he added.

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