Gold smuggling case: NIA submits charge sheet, Sandeep Nair turns approver
Kochi: The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday submitted the charge sheet in the sensational gold smuggling case in Thiruvananthapuram airport.
Swapna Suresh, PS Sarith and KT Ramees have been named accused in the charge sheet submitted.
Another accused in the case, Sandeep Nair has been named approver.
NIA team lead DySP Radhakrishna Pillai submitted the report at NIA special court here.
The charge sheet has been submitted within six months of making the first arrest in the case. Over 35 persons have been named accused in the charge sheet. Out of them, 21 have been arrested. 7 are in judicial custody while 12 were let off in bail. Sandeep Nair had turned approver during his confidential statement recorded in court.
The charge sheet also stated that the UAPA charges against the accused are valid.
This is the first charge sheet submitted in the case. As more accused are arrested and the investigation progresses, more charge sheets will be submitted.
Some of the accused are still at large.