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“Culprits Won’t Be Spared”: UAE Probing Kerala Gold Smuggling Case

On Sunday, the customs department at the Thiruvananthapuram International airport seized 30 kg gold concealed in diplomatic baggage. 

New Delhi| Authorities from the United Arab Emirates have launched an investigation into the smuggling case linked to Kerala, to probe exactly who sent the cargo containing gold to the address of UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

The embassy not only said that the culprits have committed a major crime but also stressed that they “sought to tarnish the reputation of the UAE mission in India”

UAE Embassy in New Delhi said in a tweet, “The authorities in the UAE have launched an investigation to find out who sent the cargo containing gold to the address of the UAE consulate.”

“The authorities have stressed that the culprits who not only committed a major crime but also sought to tarnish the reputation of the UAE mission in India will not be spared. We remain committed to cooperating with Indian authorities in getting to the root of the crime,” the embassy further added.

On Sunday, the customs department at the Thiruvananthapuram International airport seized 30 kg gold concealed in diplomatic baggage.

Sarith Kumar, who had earlier worked as a Press Relations Officer in UAE Consulate-General’s office, has been picked by police. Swapna Suresh, who was employed in Space Park and Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITL), is still on the run after the seizure of gold at the airport.

IT department, the portfolio held by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, looks after KSITL. Suresh was ousted after being named as an accused in the gold smuggling case.

Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary and IT secretary, M Sivasankar, has also been removed from both the posts.

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