Gold smuggling case: Court to monitor Customs’ probe

Kochi: The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offences) Court in Kochi will monitor the probe by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case.

The court asked the investigating officer to file report on the progress of the investigation in every three months, till the submission of the final report.

Deepu. C, the judge of the Economic Offences Court, gave the order while dismissing the contempt of court proceedings demanded by the key accused Swapna Suresh against Customs officers and media for leaking a portion of her statement given under section 108 of the Customs Act.

However, the court directed Chief Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Kochi to take strict disciplinary action against the erring officer who caused the leakage of the petitioner’s statement or/any portion without unreasonable delay.

It also asked the official to file a detailed report in a sealed cover.

The court pointed out that it is not expected to tolerate such unethical practice of officer/officers that may ultimately harm the fair investigation. Asianet Online