Customs to probe link between Kerala Gold smuggling & Karnataka drug trafficking cases!
Galatta | Sep 04, 2020, 08:28 pm
One of the biggest scandals to hit the headlines in recent times is the Kerala Gold smuggling case, which is still causing a lot of ripples in Kerala political circles! The alleged involvement of many top officials & politicians from the Kerala government is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in this case. Meanwhile, for the past couple of days, the drug trafficking case in Karnataka, with alleged involvement of many VIPs and Sandalwood celebrities, is being probed by the Karnataka Police and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)! Both cases have been grabbing eyeballs with a lot of conspiracy theories being sounded about them.
However, it has now come to light that the Customs Department has submitted a petition to get the digital evidence seized by the NIA in the gold smuggling case. The reason behind this seems to be that the Customs Department suspect that there could be links between this case and the Karnataka drug trafficking case. The NIA had seized phones and laptops of Swapna and Sandeep - the main accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case and the devices were tested by the C-DAC. The Customs have sought the results of these tests to determine whether KT Rammes (one of the chief accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case) and Anoop Mohammed, the main accused in the Bengaluru drug trafficking case. Reports state that the Customs Department's request to question Anoop would be heard by a Court, on Monday.
The main question here is whether Anoop Mohammed has any contacts with Rammes and also if Anoop and the other accused in the drug trafficking case have invested anything in the gold smuggling. Meanwhile, senior Kerala Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, who is also the leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, has demanded an investigation into CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son, Bineesh Kodiyeri. He claimed that Bineesh and Anoop Mohammed had connections. Chennithala has demanded an investigation into the links between the Kerala & Karnataka cases. Responding to these allegations, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has stated that efforts are on to create a smokescreen and that they would not succeed. He added, "Let the central agencies probe everything related to the case. Chennithala should hand over any evidence in his possession to the investigating agencies." Balakrishnan added that even if his son Bineesh is found guilty of any crime, he should be punished. There are also a few reports of Bineesh admitting that Anoop had borrowed some money from him a few years ago but that he had no knowledge of his involvement in drug trafficking and that it was a shock to him. Stay tuned for updates...