Kerala gold smuggling case: Swapna Suresh taken into custody by NIA

  • Kerala DGP had constituted a special investigation team headed by Kochi City Deputy Commissioner of Police G Poonguzhali
  • Swapna is named as the second accused and Sandeep has been named as the fourth accused in the FIR

ANI
Updated12 Jul 2020
File photo of Swapna Suresh, ex-UAE consulate employee and state IT department consultant has emerged the alleged fulcrum of a gold smuggling case, in Kerala
File photo of Swapna Suresh, ex-UAE consulate employee and state IT department consultant has emerged the alleged fulcrum of a gold smuggling case, in Kerala(ANI)

A day after National Investigation Agency (NIA) officially took over the high profile Kerala gold smuggling case, two main accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, who were absconding, have been nabbed by the agency from Bengaluru on Saturday.

Swapna is named as the second accused and Sandeep has been named as the fourth accused in the FIR taken by NIA and both have been slapped with Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, (UAPA) along with first accused Sarith PS and third accused Fazil Fareed

Already, Sarith PS was arrested by the Customs, while Fazil Fareed is still at large. NIA officials yesterday conducted a detailed interrogation of Sarith after reaching the customs office in Kochi where he is in custody.

According to the official statement issued by NIA, "Accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair have been detained in Kerala Gold Smuggling case. They are being examined and will be arrested in due course. They have been detained from BTM Layout in Bangalore."

It is learned that both of them will be taken to Kochi after getting the transit warrant. The NIA sleuths carried out the arrest a day when customs officially asked the assistance of Kerala police for the investigation and the arrest of the duo.

Kerala DGP had constituted a special investigation team headed by Kochi City Deputy Commissioner of Police G Poonguzhali. The team he said will also coordinate with Customs and the NIA.

Meanwhile, Customs is carrying out multiple raids in Thiruvananthapuram including the house of Sandeep Nair in the outskirts of the city. According to sources, in the raid Customs has found crucial evidence to establish the case.

Customs officials also carried out a raid in a flat in Thiruvananthapuram city where former principal secretary to Chief Minister M Sivasankar used to reside.

The customs also seized the visitor's register and recorded statements of the staff. (ANI)

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