Judicial custody of prime accused in Kerala Gold smuggling case gets extended
Judicial custody of prime accused in Kerala Gold smuggling case gets extended

The infamous gold smuggling case of Kerala is taking new twists and turns day by day. A special court in Kochi that is hearing the exaggerated Kerala gold smuggling case and that is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday rejected a bail plea filed by the prime accused Swapna Suresh. Meanwhile, the court has permitted her family to meet her in jail. Swapna had reportedly filed an appeal saying that she has health issues and hence needs bail. In their response, investigation officials filed a plea asking the court to extend the judicial custody of the accused persons including Swapna Suresh.

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Considering the NIA’s plea, the court has increased the judicial custody of 12 accused including Swapna Suresh, Sarith PS and KT Ramees. The NIA claimed in court that if the accused are let out on bail, they would escape and impede the evidence in the case. Notably, the investigation officers stated that the accused persons have not yet fully revealed their entire role in the case or of the conspirators. The controversial case concerns the smuggling of 30 kg gold from the UAE to Kerala through diplomatic baggage.

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Investigation bureaus stated that the gold had been smuggled similarly in the past also. The NIA also repeated in its plea to court that “investigation has to be conducted abroad and probe into roles of high-profile individuals and Consulate officials is also necessary to unearth all conspirators in the crime”. It also said that the agency is yet to receive the details of data collected from digital devices seized from the accused persons, which has been sent to the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

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