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Former consulate official questioned over 30 kg gold smuggling case

Kochi, Jul 6 (UNI) A former official of UAE consulate was taken into custody and questioned by customs officials on Monday over the smuggling of 30 kg of gold in the diplomatic baggage in Thiruvananthapuram.
A huge racket is suspected to be behind the smuggling that has been going on for over a year, sources in Customs Department said.
A former Public Relations Officer of the Consulate, Sarith has reportedly confessed to the crime. The probe team also investigating the role of another former consulate staff in the gold smuggling case.
The team was also collecting details of four officials. As the officials have diplomatic protection, the probe officers have sought legal advice before taking further action.
Gold worth Rs 13.5 crore was found in the baggage concealed in boxes that contained sanitaryware from Dubai, addressed to UAE Consulate. This was the biggest gold haul in Kerala.
Sarith was given a contract for bringing food from UAE. Though he was ousted from the Consulate, he managed to get the contract using influence.
Former employee Swapna Suresh also helped him in this, officials said.
Swapna, who was a marketing liaison officer at the space park of the state IT department, has been dismissed from service.
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