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Kerala gold smuggling case: Accused suspected to have hyperlinks with Dawood Ibrahim’s gang, NIA tells courtroom – India News , Firstpost

Intelligence inputs counsel that proceeds from the gold smuggling had been used for anti-national and terror actions, stated the Central company

File picture of Dawood Ibrahim. PTI

Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the fear hyperlink within the Kerala gold smuggling case on Wednesday indicated in a particular courtroom that it suspected the hyperlink of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang within the sensational racket.

There had been intelligence inputs relating to possible use of proceeds from the gold smuggling for the anti-national and terrorism actions, it stated, including the detention of all accused in judicial custody as much as 180 days was completely obligatory to hold ahead the investigation within the case.

In an extra counter submitted on the Special NIA Court, the central company strongly opposed the bail purposes of all of the accused arrested in reference to the case associated to smuggling of gold by way of the diplomatic channel.

The NIA stated Ramees, the fifth accused within the case, throughout custodial interrogation, has revealed that he had tried to start out a diamond enterprise in Tanzania and that later he had tried to acquire a gold mining license in Tanzania.

He had additionally acknowledged about having introduced gold from Tanzania and offered the identical in UAE, it stated and quoting UN Security Council Sanctions Committee’s narrative abstract on Dawood and reality sheet printed by the US Department of Treasury particularly talked about about his gang’s actions in Africa.

“Recent news reports have also specifically mentioned the diamond business of Dawood Ibrahim in Tanzania, managed by his associate “Feroz”, considered a south Indian by intelligence agencies”, the company stated within the report, indicating the suspected hyperlink wanted to be probed.

NIA additionally stated the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), the apex intelligence physique for financial companies in India, had despatched a report back to the Director-General of NIA throughout October, 2019 relating to the possible use of proceeds from gold smuggling in Kerala, for terrorism and different anti-national actions.

The company submitted the intelligence report back to the Court in a sealed envelope.

“It is submitted that the info now rising in the course of the investigation, relating to the costs underneath Sections 17 and /or 18 of the UAPA Act towards accused with in any other case apparently minor roles, point out that the intelligence enter obtained from CEIB, resulting in NIA investigation on this crime, is gaining credence.

“This makes the investigation, by detaining all accused in judicial custody till 180 days, absolutely necessary, in this crime having transnational ramifications…,” the NIA stated in its counter.

In the report, NIA additionally stated 12th accused Mohammed Ali was a member of the “fundamentalist organisation Popular Front of India” and was charge-sheeted by police within the Kerala professor hand-chopping case in 2010 however acquitted as greater than 90 prosecution witnesses had turned hostile in the course of the trial.

It stated the scrutiny of information retrieved by C-DAC from the seized cell phone of Ali has revealed that he had formatted his telephone on 19 July after his position within the smuggling case surfaced.

However, from the restricted knowledge retrieved by C-DAC, photos of paper slips depicting particulars of giant money transactions amounting to a number of lakhs of rupees, together with one transaction of Rs 15 lakhs particularly attributed to 1 “Jalal”, have been retrieved, NIA stated.

His suspicious money transactions have to be ascertained additional by way of custodial interrogation after superior forensic evaluation and extraction of extra knowledge from his formatted cell phone, the company added.

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