NIA Gets Kerala Gold Case, Accused Names Diplomat

The Times of India HyderabadJuly 10, 2020

NIA Gets Kerala Gold Case, Accused Names Diplomat
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Bharti Jain

New Delhi: The home ministry on Thursday ordered a probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the Thiruvananthapuram Airport gold smuggling case – relating to the recent seizure of 30 kg of the yellow metal from a diplomatic cargo meant for the UAE consulate-general office in the Kerala capital – on the ground that the “organised smuggling operation may have serious implications for national security”.

The NIA case, according to sources, will be registered under Section 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004, which essentially relate to a terrorist act and terror funding. “NIA probe will ensure a thorough investigation since the case involves an organised racket with international linkages, and was deemed appropriate given the implications for national and economic security of India,” said an officer. NIA sources said it will start the probe right away.

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