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NIA chargesheets 20 accused in Kerala gold smuggling case

Updated: January 6, 2021 12:11 pm
National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge-sheet against 20 people before a special court in Kochi for their alleged involvement in smuggling 30 kg of gold worth 14.82 crore rupees in diplomatic baggage into Kerala. All the accused, including Sarith PS and main accused Swapna Prabha Suresh, both residents of Thiruvananthapuram, have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Suresh and Sarith were former employees of the UAE consulate and they allegedly used their past connection to smuggle gold using the diplomatic channel. The case was registered by the NIA on July 10, 2020 against Sarith, Swapna, Faisal Fareed, Sandeep Nair and others under sections of the UA (P) Act after the seizure of around 30 kg of gold at Trivandrum International Airport by Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi.

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