On 14 December, The Print carried an article saying that a gold smuggling case has opened a can of worms of suspected “networks” allegedly involving senior state government functionaries and diplomats.  It began in July after 30 kg of gold was smuggled into India from Dubai through diplomatic baggage.  The various probes so far have led to 30 arrests, including a host of alleged facilitators, financiers, black gold traders, former employees of the UAE consulate and a principal secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister.

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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