Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 5
The NIA today filed a chargesheet against 20 accused, including Swapna Suresh, Sarith and KT Rameez, in the most talked about case of gold smuggling through diplomatic channels at the Thiruvananthapuram airport.
The chargesheet was filed by investigating officer Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Radhakrishna Pillai before the Special NIA Court in Kochi under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act – UAPA, as Sandeep Nair, initially an accused, has turned an approver in the case.
According to officials in the agency, the chargesheet stands valid under the UAPA as it was submitted within 180 days of the first arrest made by NIA in the case.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that around five accused, including Sandeep Nair, have turned approvers in the case.
“During ensuing investigation, 31 more persons, who had conspired and financed gold smuggling, besides facilitated the disposal of the contraband and transfer of proceeds thereof to the UAE through hawala channels for purchasing and smuggling more gold, with the intention of threatening the economic security of India, were arraigned as accused in the case. Till now, 21 persons have been arrested in the case by the NIA, while eight accused persons are absconding,” the NIA said in a statement.