Kerala gold smuggling case accused linked to Dawood: NIA probe : The Tribune India

2020/10 15 19:10

Kochi, October 15

In a significant growth within the Kerala gold smuggling case, the NIA has discovered hyperlinks between one of many accused and India’s most needed underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his gang.

The Nationwide Investigation Company probe has revealed that one of many accused visited Tanzania, the place the 1993 Mumbai accused has huge networks, to launch his diamond enterprise and to smuggle firearms.

The submissions had been made by the anti-terror probe company in a Particular NIA courtroom right here on Wednesday.

“KT Ramees and M Sharafuddin visited Tanzania on a number of events and met one in every of Dawood’s shut aide Feroze ‘Oasis’ and mentioned methods to smuggle firearms into the nation,” an NIA official associated to the probe informed IANS.

The official mentioned that Ramees visited Tanzania first in 2016 to start out a diamond enterprise there. He then additionally smuggled one kilo gold from Tanzania to the UAE in 2017.

Ramees was caught with 13 smuggled revolvers on the Kozhikode airport in November 2019 whereas getting back from Dubai, he added.

Ramees had introduced the weapons for the Palakkad rifle membership, it was alleged, nonetheless, the cost was denied by the rifle membership.

One other NIA official mentioned that they’re checking all the main points of Ramees, as he has been linked to gold smuggling in addition to firearms smuggling.

The gold smuggling case first surfaced when P.S. Sarith, a former worker of the UAE Consulate right here, was arrested by the Customs Division on July 5 when he was allegedly facilitating the smuggling of 30 kg gold in a diplomatic baggage from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram.

The case grew to become murkier when Swapna Suresh, a former worker of the UAE Consulate and later employed with the Kerala IT Division, got here to gentle.

Her hyperlinks stretched to the chief minister as she had hyperlinks to M. Sivasankar, Kerala’s senior IAS official and secretary to Pinarayi Vijayan. She later revealed that Sivasankar was her mentor.

After his hyperlinks with Swapna surfaced, Vijayan first eliminated Sivasankar from the publish of his secretary and in addition the State IT secretary and later suspended him from service.

Whereas Suresh and her confederate Sandip Nair, had been arrested from their hideout in Bengaluru 5 days later. A multi-agency group began probing the case and 30 individuals have been arrested to date.

Apart from the NIA, ED, DRI, Customs and Revenue Tax are additionally a part of the investigation. The ED has questioned Kerala Greater Schooling Minister KT Jaleel in reference to alleged import of holy books and dry dates. IANS

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