Gold smuggling case: Faisal Fareed’s passport impounded; UAE issues travel ban
New Delhi: The passport of Faisal Fareed, the third accused in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case, has been cancelled.
The Union Ministry of External Affairs cancelled Faisal’s passport following directions from the Customs department. The Union Home Ministry and Bureau of Emigration have been informed in this regard. The crucial decision is part of steps to bring Faisal Fareed back to India as soon as possible.
After India Impounded Faisal’s passport, the UAE has issued a travel ban against him. The move will prevent Faisal from going out of the gulf country.
These developments are likely to speed up efforts to nab and hand over Faisal Fareed to India. Diplomatic steps are being taken in this regard.
The investigation team had found that the gold was sent as diplomatic baggage by Faisal Fareed, a native of Moonnupeedika in Kodungallur.
Following this, Faisal Fareed had come forward denying the information and pleading innocence in the case. But hours later, he was reported missing from his residence in Dubai.
The NIA court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Faisal Fareed. Steps are being taken to issue a blue corner notice against him through INTERPOL.