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Charges include creating fake evidence, conspiracy, misuse of official powers etc

False Testimony Against Chief Minister; Police Book Case Against Enforcement Directorate

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Friday Mar 19, 2021

Kochi: Police book case against Enforcement Directorate(ED for pressuring culprit in gold-smuggling case, Swapna Suresh, to give false testimony against Chief Minister. The case is registered by Crime Branch and incriminates ED officials for conspiracy.

The suit follows probe report on Swapna’s audio recording  that surfaced recently.  She had owned up the vocie and content therein and also  endorsed the same  in writing. The statements by cops posted for Swapna’s security also leand grounds for  the case against ED. In the clip, Swapna is heard saying ED is coercing her to name chief minister on promise of granting her immunity in the case.

Interestingly, ED had asked for probe into the voice recording in question. Crime Branch that conducted the probe hit up on more witnesses for the case.

The decision to book ED came after due advice from the Director General of Prosecution that confirmed how pressuring to give false testimony and conspiracy cannot be part of an official interrogation.

Charges mounted on ED comprise section 116,120(b), 16, 192,193 and 195 under IPC, conviction of which could fetch up to life term in prison for creating fake evidence, fake documents produced by public servant, abetment etc