Thiruvananthapuram, March 6 -- Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, three ministers of his LDF (Left Democratic Front) cabinet and the Speaker of the assembly were aware of the gold and dollar smuggling activities routed through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, the customs department told the Kerala high court on Friday, citing the main accused in the case, Swapna Suresh.

In the affidavit, customs commissioner Sumit Kumar said the accused (Suresh) revealed in her statement that the CM and the former consular general had close connections and were part of several illegal monetary transactions. He said that Suresh also claimed that former principal secretary of the CM, M Sivasankar, a senior IAS officer, was...