September 19, 2022

In a press release on Monday, Adani Ports and Logistics stated it won’t deal with “EXIM [Export-Import] containerised cargo originating from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan” beginning November 15.

This commerce advisory will apply to “all terminals” operated by APSEZ [Adani Ports & SEZ], together with third-party terminals at any APSEZ port, the assertion went on so as to add.

One of many nation’s largest business port operators, Adani Ports and Logistics has a presence throughout 13 home ports in seven states, together with Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.

READ: NIA takes over probe into seizure of medication price Rs 21,000 crore at Mundra port in Gujarat

In September, the Directorate of Income Intelligence (DRI) seized containers with practically 3,000 kg of heroin from the Mundra port in Gujarat’s Kutch, managed by Adani Ports. Officers had pegged the worth of the seizure at an estimated Rs 21,000 crore.

Imported from Afghanistan’s Kandahar, the containers have been addressed to a buying and selling agency based mostly in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and arrived at Mundra from Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port.

The DRI later arrested the supervisor of the Vijayawada-based buying and selling agency, M Sudhakar, from Chennai.

In a press release, the Press Info Bureau (PIB) acknowledged, “A complete of eight individuals together with 4 Afghan nationals, one Uzbek and three Indians have been arrested thus far. The arrested Indian nationals embrace the holder of the Import Export Code (IEC), which was used to import the consignment. He was arrested from Chennai. Investigations are in progress.”

Earlier this month, a probe into the seizure was handed over to the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) by the Ministry of House Affairs (MHA).

Responding to criticism over the drug haul, the Adani Group later issued a press release saying, “No port operator throughout the nation can study a container. Their position is restricted to operating the port… APSEZ is a port operator offering companies to transport strains. We now have no policing authority over the containers or the tens of millions of tonnes of cargo that cross by way of the terminals in Mundra or any of our ports.”

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