Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA court rejects bail plea of Swapna Suresh

South India


A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kochi on Monday, August 10, dismissed the bail plea of Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case.

After examining the case diary produced by the NIA in detail, the court approved the investigational agency’s action of revoking the provisions of the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in her case. Her counsel opposed the application of UAPA against his client arguing that the case pertains to an “economic offence and is not terror related.”

The agency, probing the case, opposed it, saying major proceeds from smuggling were used to fund anti-national activities in south India. Earlier the premier agency told the court that it suspected the proceeds from the gold smuggling case might be used for terror funding.

The court dismissed the Swapna Suresh’s submissions considering the evidence produced by the investigation agency on the alleged role of the woman in smuggling gold worth over Rs 100 crore through the diplomatic channel since November last year.

Strongly opposing her bail plea, the counsel for the NIA submitted that an intensive investigation has to be carried out in the case. The NIA had said there was prima facie evidence to the effect that the accused intentionally committed the act which will fall directly under Section 15 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

In her plea, Swapna Suresh alleged she was implicated in the crime on a wild imagination without any basis and the case was an offshoot of the "political rivalry" between the state and central governments, triggered by the colourful and fictitious stories aired by the media.

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