Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gold smuggling: Customs slaps Rs. 38-lakh penalty on Karat Faizal

Kozhikode: The Central Excise and Customs has slapped a penalty of Rs. 38 lakh on Karat Faizal, a member of the Koduvally municipal council, who has alleged been involved in gold smuggling through the Calicut airport.

Six others have also been slapped with penalties in an adjudication order issued by the Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Kozhikode, official sources said here on Tuesday.

Mr. Faizal was in the news recently when CPI(M) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan used his luxury car during the CPI(M)’s Janajagratha Yatra.

He is a councillor belonging to the National Secular Conference led by P.T.A. Rahim, a Left-supported legislator representing the Kunnamangalm Assembly segment.

Sources said the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence had busted a gold smuggling racket after they nabbed Air India Express flight attendant V.S. Hiromasa and her friend Rahila Cheerayi while they were trying to smuggle 6 kg of gold in November 2013. Faizal is the seventh accused in the case.
20/12/17 The Hindu

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