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Key Accused Sandip Nair in Kerala Gold Smuggling Case Ready to Turn Approver

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Sandip Nair made the plea in a Special NIA court at the end of his judicial custody, following which the court asked the NIA probe team to see that his statement was recorded under the relevant law.

A key accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case on Wednesday moved a plea in the Special NIA court here, expressing his willingness to turn approver. Moving the plea, fourth accused Sandip Nair, who was arrested by NIA from Bengaluru along with prime accused Swapna Suresh, said he was ready to disclose the facts under Section 164 of the CrPC.

The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday agreed to make Nair turn approver.

Nair and another prime accused Swapna Suresh were on the run after the Customs arrested PS Sarith, a former employee of the UAE Consulate here, on July 5 when he was allegedly facilitating the smuggling of 30 kg gold in diplomatic baggage from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram.

Swapna and Sarith worked at the UAE Consulate but left their jobs. They however continued to maintain close links with the Consulate affairs. After the names of Swapna and Nair cropped up in the gold smuggling case soon after Sarith's arrest, they fled from Kerala.

After the NIA took over the case, the two were arrested on July 11 from Bengaluru.

The latest development could lead to some anxious moments for Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPI-M Kerala Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, and Cabinet Minister EP Jayarajan's son who was reported to be close to Swapna.

Bineesh has been questioned for 11 hours by the Enforcement Directorate in the past and was expected to be called again for further quizzing.


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