Gold smuggling case completes 2-years; No chargesheet yet: ED to speed up probe

Enforcement Directorate | Photo: PTI

Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is apparently trying to pace up the probe in the gold smuggling case as July 13 marked the two-year anniversary. Interestingly, ED has not yet filed the chargesheet in the case. It is learnt that the quizzing of individuals too will be done in a speedy manner.

The ED has approached the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the trial in the case from Kerala to Karnataka. The objective is to ensure trial court’s support for quizzing top brass. ED alleged in its plea that there is a close nexus between the accused and top officials and functionaries of the Kerala government.

If the filing of chargesheet is delayed, then it may be counter-productive for the case. The move to approach Supreme court hints that ED is heading for crucial steps.

The ED needs to quiz individuals named by accused Swapna Suresh in her recent confidential statement. Similarly, the probe team members are awaiting transfer as their present tenure in the respective positions nears completion. All these factors put ED on pressure.

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