Friday, July 17, 2020

Gold contraband case weakens; UAE attache 'slips out'

The sensational case of gold smuggling through the diplomatic channel has taken another curious turn, with the attache in the UAE consulate in whose name the contraband parcel had been addressed leaving the country in a jiffy.

The official was on the radar of the investigators, who had been suspicious of his role and had approached the external affairs ministry with a request to quiz him. He first left Thiruvananthapuram for Delhi and probably took a flight from the capital to be his country. He was officiating as the consul general, who is already out of India.

The other suspects in the case had made a request to the court that the attache must be interrogated for his role in the case. Swapna Suresh, one of the key suspects, had made 117 calls to the attache in connection with the release of the parcel from the customs. The woman had also called the consul general.

A lawyer, who had been in touch with the suspects before they escaped to Bengaluru, claimed that the attache had threatened to implicate the ‘madam’ if her accomplice Sarith failed to turn up at the customs office to collect the packet. The official told the customs that he had only asked for food items in the packet, trying to wash his hands off the matter.

In another important development, M Sivasankaran, the former principal secretary to the chief minister and the IT secretary, has been suspended from service, after a committee comprising the chief secretary and an additional secretary reported that he was guilty of failure to exercise caution in his relations with the suspects.
17/07/20 K Raveendran/Free Press Journal
To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment