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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 CM denies gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh's charge on travel baggage

June 28, 2022 6:15 pm

Swapna Suresh, in a series of recent press conferences, also alleged that the package was found to contain currency notes and it was later sent to Dubai through a diplomat as per the instructions of the then Consulate General.

Gold smuggling accused writes to PM, seeks CBI probe into Kerala govt's role

June 21, 2022 10:27 pm

Last month, the issue resurfaced after Suresh, a former employee with the consulate, alleged that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his family members and a few others were involved in the scandal.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Pinarayi Vijayan blocking probe, alleges BJP

June 14, 2022 7:41 am

With Opposition parties in Kerala holding protests to seek his resignation, the Chief Minister has been under fire ever since the accused in the case, Swapna Suresh, alleged he took currency out of the country with the help of a diplomat from the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram in 2016.

‘Kill me so story gets over’: Kerala gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh breaks down

June 12, 2022 4:10 pm

“Why are they attacking me like this. I stick to the statement I gave. Don’t hurt people who are around me,” she said at a press conference in Kerala’s Palakkad on Saturday, before reportedly swooning and collapsing amid a bout of fits.

Kerala gold smuggling case accused releases audio clip, govt shunts out vigilance bureau head

June 11, 2022 12:31 pm

More allegations made against Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, opposition demands his resignation

Swapna Suresh moves Kerala HC for anticipatory bail, says threatened by 'CM Vijayan's messenger'

June 10, 2022 2:40 am

On Wednesday, the police registered a case against Suresh and controversial politician P C George following a complaint from former minister K T Jaleel.

Police book Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh, politician PC George after K T Jaleel's complaint

June 09, 2022 9:21 am

Swapna Suresh had also alleged that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had taken out a bag of currency to the UAE. She also dragged Vijayan’s wife Kamala and their daughter Veena into the controversy.

NGO chaired by BJP leader inducts Kerala gold smuggling case accused: ‘workaholic, go-getter’

February 18, 2022 2:25 am

Palakkad-based High Range Rural Development Society mostly works among tribal communities. Its chairman, S Krishnakumar, is an IAS officer turned politician who had served as a Union minister in multiple Congress regimes before joining BJP in 2019.

Customs: Kerala IAS officer warned gold smugglers about intel info

October 23, 2021 12:31 pm

The complaint has been filed against 29 accused, including Sivasankar, at the economic offences court in Kochi as a part of initiating prosecution proceedings against them.

Gold smuggling accused said Pinarayi Vijayan carried bundle of cash to UAE: Customs

August 12, 2021 7:28 am

The Customs claimed that the statement was made by Consulate’s former staffer P S Sarith, in a deposition in October.