Swapna Suresh, the Kerala woman who has now been arrested by the National Investigation Agency in the sensational gold smuggling case, had allegedly faked her educational qualification to get a job as a contract staff under a project of Kerala government.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said an inquiry will be held into the complaint on the alleged fake degree certificate submitted by Swapna Suresh.
Swapna, who was nabbed by NIA from Bengaluru on Saturday night, is the second accused in the gold smuggling case. She had allegedly submitted a fake B.Com certificate to get employed in the Space Park at Thiruvananthapuram, which is under the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL).
"The police have received the complaint. It is natural that an inquiry will be held and police will take steps for that," CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday.
The woman, who is a former employee of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, is among the four accused booked by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the smuggling of 30 kg of gold through diplomatic baggage which arrived at the International airport here.
Complaints have been filed in some police stations against the woman for submitting the fake degree certificate. The BJP has also submitted a complaint to the DGP in this regard.
According to reports, Swapna has allegedly faked that she possesses a B.Com degree from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in Maharashtra. It states that she passed out from the university in 2011 but the university has stated that this is fake, reports Manorama News.
As per the report, the certificate can be accessed from a website which has the name of the university, after providing the registration number. But this portal is not the official website of the university and is suspected to be a fake one.
Swapna also worked as the Executive Secretary of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram from 2016 and 2019.
(With PTI inputs)
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