BREAKING - Link between Kerala gold smuggling and Dawood Ibrahim discovered !
National investigation agency (NIA) submitted that it suspects that the accused have links to Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company.
"accused Ramees KT and Sharafudheen had travelled to Tanzania and visited shops in the African country where guns are sold. In Tanzania, Rameez attempted to procure a licence for the diamond business. He later smuggled gold to the UAE," the NIA prosecutor said.
NIA informed the court that they had also retrieved a photo of the accused Sharafudheen holding a rifle in Tanzania.
The Financial Action Task Force had earlier alerted that the tendency to reinvest the profit from illegal activities back to the crime could be an indication of terror funding, it submitted.
As the agency tried to establish culpability of the accused, the court, while noting that the gold smuggling was a serious offence, asked whether it could obtain evidences to justify the slapping of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the accused even after the completion of 90 days of registering the crime.
NIA counsel replied that the agency needed more time to investigate the crime, which had transnational connections. He also submitted that the agency was swimming against the tide and adverse conditions brought in by the pandemic.
The agency, which said it could obtain the mirror images of 22 of the 99 gadgets seized from the accused, relied mostly on the pictures extracted from it. This included the pictures of currency notes and Islamic speaker Zakkir Naik found from the gadget of Swapna Suresh, pictures of gold biscuits being packed for smuggling and its unpacking and fake and forged documents, draft letters, airway bills, and copies of passports of some of the employees of the UAE consulate.
The court will pronounce its order on the bail applications on Thursday.