A number of the accused within the Kerala gold smuggling case have hyperlinks with the gang of Dawood Ibrahim, the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) informed a particular court docket in Kochi on Wednesday. The NIA, probing the gold smuggling case, additionally mentioned the accused visited Tanzania a number of instances the place the underworld don has an in depth community. Additional, the NIA mentioned the accused had challenged the provisions of the Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA) within the smuggling case, arguing that smuggling comes underneath financial offence and no terror angle was concerned within the case.
Two of the accused – M Sharafuddin and KT Ramees had visited Tanzania a lot of instances and met Dawood’s contact Feroze ‘Oasis’. They even mentioned methods to smuggle firearms into the nation, the NIA mentioned.
Earlier, Ramees was caught with smuggled revolvers on the Kozhikode airport. He later acquired away, saying he was a member of the capturing affiliation and remitted positive.
The company cited UN Safety Council’s narrative abstract of Dawood Ibrahim and a fact-sheet revealed by the US Division of Treasury that particularly mentions his enterprise pursuits in Africa.
“Latest information reviews have additionally particularly talked about the diamond enterprise of Dawood Ibrahim in Tanzania, managed to by his affiliate Feroz, thought-about to be a south Indian by the businesses,” the NIA mentioned.
It went on so as to add that information retrieved from the cell phone of one other accused within the Kerala gold smuggling case, Sharafudheen, revealed that he had travelled to Africa together with Ramees.
The NIA additional alleged that the exit of accused Ahammed Kutty and Ratheesh from India right now signifies that outfits comparable to Dawood Ibrahim’s ‘D-Firm’ could also be harbouring the accused outdoors India.
Earlier on Wednesday, M Sivansankar, former principal secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister had filed a plea within the Excessive Court docket looking for anticipatory bail.
In his plea, Sivasankar mentioned as a accountable authorities servant, he cooperated most with the investigation of the offence.
He mentioned he was summoned by the ED on a number of events to confront the statements given by totally different accused and totally different witnesses.