Friday, July 10, 2020

Kerala smuggling case has huge ramifications for national security, to be probed under UAPA

New Delhi: The organised smuggling operation may have implications on national security, the Home Ministry said while ordering a probe by the National Investigation Agency into the Kerala smuggling case.
Cases would be registered under Sections 15,16, 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004. This prima facie clearly looks like an organised racket and also has international links to it. The case needs to be probed under the UAPA, as it has massive ramifications for national security, an NIA official informed OneIndia.
The custom officers at Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday during an operation at the International Airport seized 30 kilograms of gold worth Rs 15 crore.
The gold was seized from a consignment meant for the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates in the city. The main accused was identified as a woman by the name Swapna Suresh.
The opposition has been targeting the Kerala Chief Minister's Office, because Swapna was working in the IT department, which is directly under the purview of the CM's office. She has however been sacked.
10/07/20 Vicky Nanjappa/One India
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