Home Departmaent Seeks Detention of Fayaz Under Cofeposa
The Home Department on Wednesday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the detention order against T K Fayaz, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, be made out under Cofeposa, on the basis of all the documents connected with the case.
Home Department Under-secretary Mary Joseph filed the affidavit in response to a petition by Fayaz challenging the detention order.
The detaining authority examined the statements submitted by other accused persons, Asifa Veerappoyil, Arifa Haris and Haris Abdul Rahman, and other witnesses in the case.
Arifa and Asifa, from whom gold bars were seized, had identified Fayaz as the person who arranged the gold from abroad for smuggling into India.
Besides, Fayaz had admitted that he had played an important role in the smuggling by using his influence.
The state also submitted that all constitutional safeguards and statutory procedures with regard to preventive detention have been scrupulously complied with in the case of Fayaz. He is also an accused in the crime registered by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act.