Swapna Suresh being taken to court | Photo: Mathrubhumi archives
Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted the first charge sheet related to the probe on black money transactions in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case.
The ED stated in the charge sheet that Swapna Suresh, Sarith and Sandeep Nair were involved in black money transactions. ED submitted the charge sheet when the court was about to consider the bail plea of the accused.
The 23-page charge sheet is submitted to stop the accused from securing bail. According to ED, it has been proved that all three accused have committed offences as per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). In the charge sheet submitted at the Principal Sessions Court, the ED demanded to start trial proceedings against the accused.
There are a total of 6 accused in the case. The charge sheet has been submitted against the first 3 accused. Earlier, the accused had been granted bail in the case booked by the Customs owing to the delay in submission of the charge sheet.
ED submitted the charge sheet on the preliminary investigation in order to avoid the same situation. The ED officials stated that the investigation against the other three accused is progressing and that action will be taken against them once the probe is completed.