Saturday, July 18, 2020

Kerala Gold Smuggling case: A murky affair and the story so far

New Delhi: The sudden exit of Rashed Alshemeili, the attache from India to UAE and then the suicide attempt by the gunman of the UAE Consulate has made the Kerala Gold Smuggling case a murky affair.
The case has all the possible ingredients, which of course includes smuggling, high level dirty play, politics, the mafia, a terror angle and hawala. The gunman, Jayaghosh had gone missing two days back. He had told his family that he was under threat. Later he was found with his wrist slit. He is now in a stable condition and would be questioned soon by the National Investigation Agency.
The sudden exits of Rashed Alshemeili has also set the tongues wagging. He is a key witness in the case, but he made a sudden exit to his country. He enjoys immunity under the Vienna Convention. However on Sunday, he reached Delhi and took a flight to UAE.
The National Investigation Agency which was permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs to probe the case is looking into a wide range of issues. A hawala network and the possible terror funding are on the radar of the NIA. The Enforcement Directorate too may join the probe soon, if any angle relating to money laundering crops up. Sources tell OneIndia that there is a high possibility of money laundering in this case and the ED is keeping a close watch on the developments.
18/07/20 Vicky Nanjappa/One India
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