New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday permitted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the Thiruvananthapuram Airport Gold smuggling case, as the organised smuggling operation may have “serious implications for national security”. Also Read - Kerala: Travancore Devaswom Board to Allow Devotees to Enter Temples From August 17 | Check Details

“The MHA permits the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the Thiruvananthapuram airport gold smuggling case, as the organised smuggling operation may have serious implications for national security,” a home ministry spokesperson said. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Murdered Using Stun Gun? Subramanian Swamy Demands NIA Probe to Know Truth

The decision came after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his “intervention for an effective investigation” into the seizure of gold worth crores of rupees from a “diplomatic baggage” at the airport in the state capital. Also Read - Air India Express Crash: DGCA Bans Use of Wide-Body Aircraft at Kozhikode Airport During Monsoon

The gold, weighing over 30 kg, was seized from the “diplomatic baggage” that had landed by air cargo at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport recently from the Gulf.

The Customs department has said that it suspected a smuggling syndicate had misused the name of a person who enjoys diplomatic immunity.

Two persons, including a woman, are wanted in connection with the sensational case. Both the suspects are absconding, officials said.

(With agency inputs)