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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Kerala gold smuggling case

The seizure of 30 kg of smuggled gold from a diplomatic cargo addressed to the UAE Consulate-General Office in Thiruvananthapuram has emerged as a major controversy in Kerala, where smuggling of the yellow metal from the Middle East is a routine affair. What makes this seizure, worth Rs 15 crore, cling on to the headlines is that the gold was found in diplomatic cargo, which enjoys immunity from routine Customs examination. The players behind the racket and their alleged links with senior government officials have also added to the interest around the episode.


Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA suspects D-Company link, opposes bail pleas

October 15, 2020 1:03 pm

Claiming intelligence inputs linking the proceeds of gold smuggling to anti-national and terror activities, the report said the detention of all accused in judicial custody up to 180 days was absolutely necessary to carry forward the investigation.

Kerala gold smuggling case — Accused appointed with knowledge of CM: ED chargesheet

October 08, 2020 12:39 am

The ED’s submissions were made in a for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases in Kochi on Tuesday.

Key accused in gold smuggling case ready to turn approver

September 30, 2020 6:22 pm

Moving the plea, fourth accused Sandeep Nair, who was arrested by NIA from Bengaluru along with prime accused Swapna Suresh, said he was ready to disclose the facts under Section 164 of the CrPC.

Gold smuggling case: CPM says BJP leadership should explain stand on issue

August 29, 2020 1:10 pm

The CPM state secretariat, in a statement, said BJP cannot hoodwink the people by saying that the party does not have any links with Janam TV.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Customs questions senior TV journalist

August 28, 2020 2:13 am

Anil Nambiar, coordinating news editor with Janam TV, was in touch with accused Swapna Suresh on July 5, the day Customs recovered the smuggled gold.

Kerala: CM’s former principal secy told Swapna Suresh to open locker to keep proceeds, ED tells court

August 27, 2020 7:04 am

Rs 1 crore in cash and 980 gm of gold have been seized from the bank locker Swapna opened jointly with chartered accountant Venugopal Iyer.

Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA arrests four more for financing smuggling

August 27, 2020 2:35 am

The NIA said the four have been arrested “for conspiring with other arrested accused persons and for financing smuggling of gold through import cargo addressed to the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram, besides receiving such smuggled gold and proceeds from the smuggling”.

Minor fire in Kerala secretariat triggers political row

August 26, 2020 5:16 am

Kerala Secretariat Complex Fire: According to reports, the fire started at the Protocol office that is under the NIA scanner in the gold smuggling case.

Kerala gold smuggling case: ED gets custody of key accused, NIA arrests 4 more 

August 15, 2020 8:17 am

The ED on Friday told the chief judicial magistrate court (economic offences) that Swapna Suresh, another key accused, had considerable influence in the office of the chief minister.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Court rejects consulate ex-staffer bail plea; says no terror link shown

August 12, 2020 1:40 am

Observing that the accusation made against the petitioner is prima facie true, the court said the matter requires a deeper probe by the NIA, especially in view of the transnational forces likely to have been involved.