NIA arrests 35th accused Muhammad Mansoor

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Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: The NIA had registered a case in this regard on July 10, 2020 and started investigation. The NIA had filed a chargesheet against 20 accused in January this year.

New Delhi. The National Investigation Agency has made the 35th arrest in the gold smuggling case in Kerala. This case came to the fore when gold was being brought under the guise of diplomatic goods in 2019 and it was captured by customs raiding in Thiruvananthapuram.

Due to this case, accused Muhammad Mansoor, who reached Kochi from Dubai on Wednesday morning, was arrested by the NIA. The accused had reached Kochi in the morning on a flight coming from Dubai, when the NIA caught him. After a search order was issued against him, the immigration officer intercepted him. According to the NIA, Mansoor was ordered to appear in the court in November last year in the gold smuggling case.

If sources are to be believed, there is an allegation against Mansoor that he had helped the main conspirator in India and Dubai. The detail report related to the arrest is yet to come. This case is related to the smuggling of gold in Kerala through diplomatic channels.

The NIA had registered a case in this regard on July 10, 2020 and started investigation. The NIA had filed a chargesheet against 20 accused in January this year. The spokesman said that investigation into the matter revealed that Muhammad Mansoor, while in UAE, along with the charge-sheeted accused Mohammed Shafi P and others, entered India through goods addressed to the diplomats of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. There was a conspiracy to smuggle gold.

A special NIA court in Ernakulam had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Mansoor. He was produced in a special court in Kochi and remanded to the agency’s custody for five days. The case pertains to the seizure of 30 kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crore from the baggage addressed to the diplomat in charge of the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from the air cargo of Trivandrum International Airport by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Cochin on July 5, 2020. .

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