The NIA has arrested the two key accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case,Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair were taken into custody by the NIA from Bengaluru,Karnataka in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case through diplomatic channels in Thiruvananthapuram Kerala.
Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair were formally arrested by the investigation agency on Sunday.Meanwhile,Customs has taken one more person into custody in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case.The suspect was taken into custody from Malappuram,Kerala.
Swapna Suresh,a former employee of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram,has been booked by the NIA in the smuggling of 30 kg of gold through diplomatic baggage which arrived at the Thiruvanathapuram International airport on July 5.
The gold valued at around Rs.14 crore was seized by the Customs Kochi.
Both Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair had been on the run since their names cropped up in connection with the case a few days ago.They were reportedly hiding at a hotel in Bengaluru’s BTM Layout. Swapna Suresh apparently swiped her credit card at the hotel which led NIA sleuths to her and Sandeep Nair.
On Friday,the NIA registered a case in connection with an alleged gold smuggling racket in Kerala under sections 16,17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
In its complaint,the NIA identified the accused as Swapna Suresh, Sarith, Fazil Fareed and Sandeep Nair.
The matter first came to light on July 5 when 30 kg of 24-carat gold worth Rs.14.82 crore was seized at the Trivandrum International Airport by Customs.
According to the NIA and Customs, the gold was concealed in diplomatic baggage from UAE and addressed to the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.