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NIA group could go to UAE as company widens Kerala gold smuggling probe – india information


The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) probing the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case has sought the Centre’s nod to ship a group to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a part of the investigation, an official conversant in the probe stated Tuesday.

The official stated the journey could also be cleared by the Union Authorities in a few days. He additionally stated two extra individuals, Mohammad Shafeeq and E Sharfuddin, had been arrested from north Kerala for facilitating the distribution of smuggled gold. A complete of 12 individuals have been arrested to this point within the case.

The gold smuggling racket got here to mild on July 5 after 30 kg of the yellow metallic that was despatched on an air consignment to the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram was seized on the airport by the Customs. P Sarith, who got here to obtain the consignment, was arrested by the Customs instantly and two different accused Swapna Suresh and Sandip Nair had been arrested from their hideout in Bengaluru 5 days later.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s secretary M Sivasankar, a senior IAS officer, was later suspended after his alleged hyperlinks with Suresh surfaced.

The Customs division, which is a part of the probe headed by the NIA, has determined to query Sivasankar once more as a result of there have been many discrepancies in his earlier statements, stated a senior official.

He has already been questioned by the Customs and the NIA individually. There are additionally stories {that a} senior politician may even be questioned for serving to some members of the smuggling racket.

When two lockers of Swapna Suresh had been opened final week, investigators reportedly discovered Rs one crore money and two kg gold. These lockers had been within the joint title of Suresh and a chartered accountant. The latter instructed the investigators that he was allegedly requested by Sivasankar to assist Suresh to open lockers three years in the past.

Suresh reportedly gave an in depth assertion to the NIA containing important details about all monetary dealings and individuals concerned within the smuggling, stated the official. He stated extra individuals might be arrested in a few days.

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