Kochi: Customs Preventive has once again shaken up Kerala politics. Customs, which unleashed the ghost in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case on July 3, has once again garnered attention by submitting crucial information to the court in the dollar smuggling case.
Although the gold was seized by customs, the NIA, ED, the Income Tax Department and the CBI had been investigating the gold smuggling and related cases and interrogating the accused for weeks. During the investigation, events changed when the case of the smuggling of dollars was born out of the statements made by Sapna and Sarith. The Occurrence Report of the case will be submitted to the Customs Court on October 15.
The report also made critical revelations against former officials at the UAE consulate, including former Consul General Jamal Al-Zabi. Finally, the reference to the ‘giant sharks’ by the Financial Crimes Court, based on statements made by Sapna and Sarit while in customs custody in November, has sparked controversy. Subsequently, the confidential statement of Swapna and Sarith was recorded by the Ernakulam First Class Magistrate (3). Meanwhile, Sapna’s complaint that he was under security threat in Attakkulangara jail, the denial of the jail authorities and the controversy over Sapna’s audio recording arose.
Amid controversy over the involvement of high-ranking officials in the dollar case, Assembly Speaker P.S. Customs questioned the Additional Private Secretary of Sri Ramakrishnan. After this, the Pravasi Malayalee and the Ponnani native, who owns an educational institution in Muscat, were questioned but no further action was taken. This also led to allegations that Customs came back with revelations in the High Court.
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