The main accused in the case of gold smuggling through Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Vishnu Somasundaram, today surrendered at the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Kochi.
Vishnu, a close friend and financial manager of the deceased violinist Balabhaskar, had earlier moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail. However, that was rejected and he was directed to surrender in front of the probe team.Vishnu was believed to be the one of the leading coordinates in the smuggling team.
Another friend of Balabhaskar, Prakash Thampi, was earlier arrested. Two others in custody- Sunil Kumar and gold carrier Serina Shaji- had in their statements to police made a strong case against Vishnu.
Vishnu was produced in the economic offences court in Kochi.Vishnu, Prakash and Sunil are also being quizzed as part of the probe into the death of Balabhaskar on October 2, 2018, in a car accident in Thiruvananthapuram.