Dubai: Fazil Fareed, The third accused in Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case, is reported to have been involved in smuggling earlier as well.
Fazil, who runs businesses in Dubai, started by smuggling small amounts of gold. Later, the amount of gold gradually increased and he became an important person in the gold smuggling activities to Kerala.
Fazil, a Kodungallur native, is running a gymnasium in Dubai. He is fond of luxury cars and it is learned that his garage is filled with many high end cars.
A big fan of motor car racing, Fazil maintains close connections with cinema stars. He meets stars visiting Dubai and maintains a close relationship with them. His gymnasium in Dubai was inaugurated by a Bollywood star.
It is reported that UAE will be asked to hand over Fazil Fareed, who resides in Dubai, to India. Since his name has been added to the list of accused in the case, his extradition process may begin soon.
However, it is also reported that Fazil Fareed does not have connections with any of the regular people involved in smuggling gold to Kerala and that he gained a foothold in the sector on his own. It is reported that others have also been involved in the smuggling.