While a major portion of the seized consignments in the month of October had their origin in the UAE, September witnessed a number of gold seizures from the North eastern states.
The customs on Sunday thwarted attempts by carriers to smuggle in gold through unconventional means at Kochi airport.
The customs also foiled two other attempts by couriers to smuggle in gold.
The enforcement agencies also found that the members of the racket were using new faces as couriers for each assignment.
International flights that run as domestic flights after reaching Kochi airport (CIAL) are becoming hot spot for gold smuggling.
Sivasankar was arrested in the gold smuggling case and was in jail for 98 days.
Swapna, in an interview to a Malayalam TV news channel, revealed how Kadakampally, Sreeramakrishnan and former finance minister T M Thomas Isaac had approached her with sexual intent.
According to the statement, the Economic Offences Court in Visakhapatnam remanded the accused to judicial custody on Thursday.
Ajithkumar was one of the officers whose names were widely doing the rounds to be appointed as Sakhare’s replacement.
The state has also added that the transfer will result in casting aspersions on the independence of the Kerala judiciary.
Striking on the maintainability of the transfer plea, the state has said that the prosecuting agency cannot seek transfer during the pendency of the PMLA case before Special Court, Ernakulam.
The ED contended that there had been concentrated efforts by the state machinery to thwart and derail the investigation under PMLA.
Another ground on which transfer was sought by the central agency was that the state machinery was interfering in the probe at every stage.
Another accused Sarith P S also filed a similar plea. A division bench of the court will consider the petition on Thursday.
The court said that in the instant case the explanation offered by the police for the leak of the top-secret communication to the accused was "not at all satisfactory".
“Investigation has revealed that gold-smuggling racket insiders are leaking all details about the carriers and their modus-operandi in concealing gold to rival rackets back home.
In April, the DRI had caught an airline cabin crew and a passenger and recovered 2.5 kg gold from them.
Police sources said the accused was arrested from his house and he will be brought to Thiruvananthapuram by train.
The police on Thursday took a customs superintendent at the Kozhikode airport into custody for trying to help two Kasaragod natives smuggle gold.