Arjun Aayanki | Photo: B Muraleekrishnan | Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The customs officials will examine the phone details of Arjun Aayanki, who is the mastermind of the Karipur gold smuggling case. It is learned that Arjun appeared before the customs after destroying his mobile phone to hide his links with VIPs.
Hence, the officials will collect Arjun’s call details from mobile phone service providers. As part of the probe, WhatsApp chats and voice clips of people who frequently contacted Arjun will be examined.
It is reported that Arjun is not cooperating with the interrogation by Customs officials.
On Wednesday, Customs summoned C Sajesh and questioned along with the accused Muhamad Shafeeq and Arjun. Sajesh was allowed to leave the Customs office by 7 pm. It is hinted that he will be summoned again for another interrogation.
Arjun’s phone, WhatsApp and telegram records will be crucial evidence in the gold smuggling case.
In the statement to Customs, Arjun claimed that his phone fell into a river. With this, the collection of digital evidence is the only option left before the Customs.
The investigation agencies are allowed to collect such evidence from the corporate office of social media applications. But it will be delayed.
Hence, the officials have decided to examine the WhatsApp chats of people who are linked with Arjun.
Meanwhile, Sajesh told Customs that Arjun is only a friend to him. But he didn’t explain any matters in detail.
Arjun also took a firm stand claiming that he has no idea about the gold smuggling. But Muhammad Shafeeq who is named as first accused in the case repeated that he took the gold to the airport as directed by Arjun.
In his statement to customs, Shafeeq revealed that Arjun contacted him multiple times before starting from Dubai and landing at Karipur airport.