Gold smuggling case: NIA begins questioning Jaleel

Kochi: Kerala Higher Education Minister K.T Jaleel reached the National Investigation Agency's office in Kochi on Thursday morning for questioning, a week after he was quizzed by the Enforcement Directorate.

The NIA officers held a meeting with the ED officers on Wednesday at their Kochi office to study the statement given by the minister to the latter, sources said. 

He is being interrogated by the NIA to get details about his links with Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the Kerala gold smuggling scandal. 

After her arrest in July, mobile call details retrieved by the NIA revealed that she had contacted Jaleel on several occasions.

However, Jaleel claimed it he had contacted her as per the direction of the Consul General of UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

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