AAI official and four others booked for smuggling gold worth Rs 5.52 cr

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-04-25 17:07 Kasaragod: A senior superintendent with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and four others have been accused of smuggling gold worth Rs 5.52 crore from Karipur airport and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against them. The accused have been identified as KP Prakashan, senior superintendent with the AAI; P Manoj, manager of a housekeeping contract firm at the airport; Pookoott Cheeramalla Noushad of Kasaragod; Susha Sudhakaran of Thiruvananthapuram, and Musriya Muneer of Kasaragod. According to the charge sheet filed before the CBI court in Kochi, the accused smuggled 22 kg of gold, worth around Rs 5.52 crore, on three occasions between November and December 2014 through the Karipur airport. They have been booked under provisions 2, 12, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 120(B) and 420 of the Indian Penal Code. It is said that Noushad had bribed Prakashan and Manoj in smuggling the gold allegedly left behind by carrier women. The carrier women, who had come from Dubai, had kept the gold in the drainage hole of a toilet at the airport. Prakashan and Manoj, who had easy access to the airport, managed to take away the gold bars hoodwinking the customs officials. They also smuggled in 4 kg of fold worth Rs 97 lakh on November, taking Susha’s assistance and another 8kg of yellow metal worth Rs 1.87 crore on November 15 taking Musriya Muneer’s help. Their act came to light when Directorate of Revenue Intelligence sleuths on December 7, 2014 caught Susha red-hand while she was attempting to smuggle in 10 kg of gold, worth Rs 2.68 crore.  Investigations revealed that Prakashan had received a bribe of Rs 7.5 lakh. The CBI has registered a separate case against Prakashan as he is a government employee.