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Gold Smuggling case: High and mighty under NIA scanner..


Kumar Chellappan   

Kochi, Aug 04 (HS): Even as the Special Court in Kochi started hearing the arguments in the bail application submitted by Swapna Suresh, the kingpin in the Gold Smuggling through diplomatic channel case, the National Investigation Agency probing the case arrested two more persons-Shafeeq and Sharafuddin on Tuesday.

The NIA informed the court that it has a strong a case against those who have been arrested in the case till now, including Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair. The case does not end with these two. "The investigation is moving ahead and the day is not far off when it reaches people in really high places,” a senior NIA source told Hindustan Samachar.

The agency submitted the case diary and other ‘digital evidence’ to the judge hearing the bail application of Swapna who told the court that  there was no justification in slapping of UAPA charges/sections against her. She also said that she was being used as a pawn in the political game being played in the State. The Special Court will hear the arguments by the lawyer of Swapna on Thursday.

Shafeeq and Sharafuddeen  were held based on the details furnished by T K Rameez who was arrested from Malappuram in Kerala by the Customs. The NIA got Rameez in their custody for three days and he is being questioned further about the links between gold smuggling and terrorist organisations based in Kerala.

Hindusthan Samachar / Radha Tiwary