National Investigation Agency to probe Kerala gold smuggling rip-off

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9

The Centre on Thursday determined at hand over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) the probe into the gold smuggling case detected on the Thiruvananthapuram worldwide airport in Kerala, claiming that the incident “may have serious implications for national security”.

The resolution got here a day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, searching for his “intervention for an effective investigation” into the seizure of gold value crores of rupees from a “diplomatic baggage” on the airport within the state capital.

“The MHA permits the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the Thiruvananthapuram airport gold smuggling case, as the organised smuggling operation may have serious implications for national security,” The MHA assertion learn.

Meanwhile the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) right here is extending all cooperation within the gold smuggling case that has acquired political overtones. “The matter is under investigation,” mentioned MEA official spokesperson on the incident.

The UAE embassy has been introduced into the matter as a result of key suspect Swapna Suresh has advised the Kerala High Court that she had contacted the Customs officer at Thiruvananthapuram airport on the instructions of Rashid Khamis Al Shameli, appearing head of the native UAE Consulate.

The gold, weighing over 30 kg, was seized from the “diplomatic baggage” that had landed by air cargo on the Thiruvananthapuram worldwide airport lately from the Gulf. After detecting the smuggled gold, the Customs division was of the view that it suspected a smuggling syndicate behind the act, which misused the identify of an individual, who enjoys diplomatic immunity.


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