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Enforcement Directorate attaches Rs1.8-cr assets in gold smuggling case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today issued a provisional attachment order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to seize moveable and immovable assets worth Rs 1.84 crore in connection with its probe into the Kerala gold smuggling case.

The ED initiated investigation into the gold smuggling case on the basis of an FIR and chargesheet filed by the CBI and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Kochi, against C Madhavan, former Customs Deputy Commissioner, PP Sunil Kumar, Faiz TK, Ashraf Kallunkal, Subair YM, Abdul Rahim and others.

The officials said the probe was carried out after two women — Arifa Haris and Asifa Veera — were apprehended by the Customs and 20 kg of gold was allegedly recovered from them on March 19, 2013.

They added that the investigation revealed that the two women allegedly carried 56 kg of illegal gold from Dubai to Kochi in August 2013.