Kochi: NIA informs its displeasure to Customs over the imposition of charges under COFEPOSA (Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities) act on gold smuggling accused Sandeep Nair.
NIA was moving to make Sandeep as an approver in the case.
NIA holds the view that Sandeep’s testimony is very crucial in the case as he has links with other chief accused in the case such as Swapna Suresh and K.T Rameez.
NIA, customs department and ED have approached the court to record Sandeep testimonial in discreet.
Meanwhile, the court has asked NIA officials whether the testimonial is to be recorded by a group of officials or by just a single officer of the agency.
Sandeep’s testimony contains all the necessary details on gold smuggling case.
However, due to the COFEPOSA charges imposed by Customs, Sandeep might have to serve a jail term of one year. NIA suspects if the Customs move will hinder their attempts to turn Sandeep as an approver in the case.