Kerala Gold smuggling case: Suspended IAS officer Sivasankar appears before Customs

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Central agencies, including National Investigating Agency, Customs and the Enforcement Directorate, are conducting separate inquiries into the seizure of gold from a "diplomatic baggage" at Thiruvananthapuram International airport on July 5.

 

Suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar appeared before the Customs, investigating the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, on Friday.

Central agencies, including National Investigating Agency, Customs and the Enforcement Directorate, are conducting separate inquiries into the seizure of gold from a "diplomatic baggage" at Thiruvananthapuram International airport.

According to reports, the Customs officials will question Sivasankar in connection with the distribution of dates which reached via UAE Consulate apart from the gold smuggling.

Earlier, Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate probing the case had interrogated Sivasankar twice after his alleged links with Swapna Suresh, prime accused in the gold smuggling, surfaced.

Several people, including two former employees of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, Swapna Suresh and Sarith P S, have been arrested by the central agencies in connection with the case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the money trail in the smuggling case, has demanded a detailed investigation against M Sivasankar in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case.

The ED has said a thorough investigation is required in the case as he allegedly facilitated opening a locker for Swapna Suresh.

The locker with a nationalised bank was used by Suresh to keep the profits from the smuggling, the ED had said on Tuesday in an interim charge-sheet submitted in the Special Court for PMLA cases against three accused including Suresh, Sarith P S and Sandeep Nair.

The Kerala gold smuggling case, which is being probed by the NIA along with the Enforcement Directorate, and Customs, pertains to the smuggling of gold in the state through diplomatic channels.

The matter, which pertains to the smuggling of gold in the state through diplomatic channels, had come to light after 30 kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crores, smuggled in a consignment camouflaged as diplomatic baggage, was busted by the Customs in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5. 

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Mathrubhumi

 

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