We want to see if there was any gold smuggling activity under the guise of distribution of religious texts, says NIA; Will question Minister KT Jaleel

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to question Kerala Minister K.T. Jaleel in the next two days, officials said on Tuesday.

“We will record the statement of Jaleel in the Kerala gold smuggling case,” a senior NIA official told IANS.

The official clarified that he is not named in the case, but the agency wants to question him to know if there was any gold smuggling activity under the guise of distribution of religious texts.

Jaleel, who is the state Higher Education Minister, was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last Friday. Following this, the opposition Congress and the BJP had demanded his resignation.

The NIA official also said that the anti-terror probe agency is going through the digital evidence it collected so far from the possession of Swapna Suresh, the kingpin in the case, which points fingers to VIPs with whom she was associated with.

Earlier, a team of NIA led by Superintendent of Polic travelled to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to question several other accused named in the case. The official said that a team of NIA officials will once again visit the UAE as part of its probe in the coming days.

So far, the NIA has zeroed in on 25 accused, of which 20 have been arrested.