Gold smuggling case: Statewide raids by CBI

Gold smuggling case: Statewide raids by CBI

Thiruvanthrapuram: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted multiple raids across the State on the homes and officers of persons supposed to be involved in large-scale illegal import of gold through the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

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Officials privy to the case said that the CBI examinations were focused on the business links and alleged illegal wealth of the main suspect, B. Radhakrishnan, Superintendent, Customs Air Intelligence Unit, Thiruvananthapuram. The agency was looking into the anti-corruption angle of the case.

It had earlier told the court that gold smugglers could successfully run the gauntlet of various agencies at the Thiruvananthapuram airport for long because they had at least one workable officer at all times at the X-ray scanning machine operated by the Customs Department to detect contraband, firearms, narcotic drugs, and explosives, according to the CBI.

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