Thursday, September 16, 2021

Kerala gold smuggling case: ED attaches over 30 kg gold, cash worth Rs 14.98 lakh

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth over Rs 15 crore, including cash belonging to a former executive secretary at the UAE consulate-general's office, Swapna Suresh, in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case.

The attached assets include 30.245 kg gold having total worth of Rs 14.82 crore belonging to suspects in the case - Aboobacker Pazhedath, Abdul Hameed PM, Jalal AM, Rabins K Hameed, Abdu PT, Mohammed Shafi, Hamjad Ali K, PT Ahmedkutty, Hamjad Abdul Salam, Shaijal, Muhammed Shameer, Razal, Ansil and cash amounting to Rs 14.98 lakh belonging to Sarith PS and Swapna Prabha Suresh.

The ED had initiated a money laundering investigation on the basis of an FIR registered by National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, against Sarith PS, Swapna Prabha Suresh, Faisal Fareed, Sandeep and others.

The Customs Department had also registered case in connection with the seizure of 30.245 kg of 24 Karat gold worth Rs 14.82 crore at Trivandrum International Airport.

16/09/21 Munish Chandra Pandey/India Today

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