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Dawood Ibrahim Link Suspected In Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: NIA To Court

Dawood Ibrahim Link Suspected In Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: NIA To Court

The NIA stated Dawood Ibrahim’s gang might have a job within the Kerala gold smuggling case.

New Delhi:

Most-wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s gang might have had a job within the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case and the phobia hyperlink must be probed, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) instructed a court docket on Wednesday.

Intelligence inputs advised that proceeds from gold smuggling in Kerala had been used for anti-India and terror actions, the highest anti-terror company stated because it opposed bail for the accused within the case.

To assist this level, the company cited a report by the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), the highest intelligence physique for financial businesses in India, submitted to the NIA Director General in October final yr.

“We have shared some inputs from CEIB with court in a sealed cover,” a senior official stated. He stated even the FATF or Financial Action Task Force, a world watchdog, had recognized money-laundering and terror financing and vulnerabilities related to gold.

The Kerala case, which has shaken up the state’s politics, includes the smuggling of round 30 kg gold allegedly via diplomatic channels in July. The gold was seized on the Thiruvananthapuram airport from diplomatic baggage meant to be delivered to the UAE consulate.

Links to the diplomatic channels wanted to be examined additional by retaining the accused in custody, the NIA instructed the particular court docket.

According to the company, one of many accused, Ramees, had stated throughout his interrogation that he had a diamond enterprise in Tanzania and that he had purchased gold from the nation and bought it within the UAE.

The NIA quoted the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee’s narrative abstract on Dawood Ibrahim and the fact-sheet revealed by the US Department of Treasury on his gang’s actions in Africa. It additionally referred to studies saying {that a} man referred to as Feroz, believed to handle Dawood Ibrahim’s diamond enterprise in Tanzania, was stated to be from south India, based on intelligence businesses.

“Investigation by detaining all accused in judicial custody till 180 days is absolutely necessary in this crime having transnational ramifications,” the NIA instructed the court docket.

The NIA additionally stated one other accused, Mohammed Ali, was a member of “fundamentalist organisation Popular Front of India” and was charge-sheeted by the police within the case of a Kerala professor’s hand being chopped in 2010. He was acquitted as extra 90 prosecution witnesses had turned hostile throughout trial.

Scrutiny of information retrieved from Ali’s cell phone revealed that he had formatted his telephone on July 19 after his function within the smuggling case surfaced, the NIA instructed the court docket.

Granting bail to the Kerala case accused would additionally affect the detention of two males within the UAE, the company argued. Faisal Fareed and Rakim Hameed have been detained within the UAE since August. “These two have been detained there on our non-judicial request…if these accused in custody get bail it will have an adverse effect on their detention too,” an officer defined.

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