Kochi court allows Customs department to arrest Swapna Suresh, Sarith PS in dollar smuggling case

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The Customs, which is probing into the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case has registered a fresh case in the Economic Offences court in Kochi against Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS, the key accused in the case, for violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

 

A local court in Kochi on Wednesday granted permission to the Customs department to arrest Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS, in connection with a dollar smuggling case. 

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court (Economic Offences) granted permission for arrested in connection with a case registered against the two for smuggling dollars out of the country.

Earlier, the Customs, which is probing into the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case has registered a fresh case in the Economic Offences court in Kochi against Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS, the key accused in the case, for violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

The agency has registered the case on Saturday after it was found that the duo allegedly smuggled 1.9 lakh US dollars from Kerala to the UAE. 

They have been booked under section 113 (Confiscation of goods attempted to be improperly exported) of the Customs Act. 

According to the Customs, Swapna Suresh, who was key accused in the Kerala gold smuggling, has illegally smuggled USD 1,90,000 from Kerala to abroad. 

The dollar smuggling came to light during the investigation of the Kerala gold smuggling case, which is currently being probed by the National Investigation Agency, the Enforcement Directorate, and the Customs department.

As per the report, Swapna had used her ID card of UAE consulate to illegally transport the money. 

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

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