NIA special court rejects bail plea of Kerala gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh, says there is prima facie evidence

A NIA special Court today rejected the bail plea of Swapna Suresh, main accused in the controversial Kerala gold smuggling case. The NIA court also observed that there is prima facie evidence on the accused’s direct involvement in the case.

”There is prima facie evidence that Swapna Suresh was involved in gold smuggling. There’s evidence in case diary that gold was smuggled many times in diplomatic baggage. Accused knew that this was a threat to India’s economic security. Charges imposed by NIA will remain same,” the order reads.

On Wednesday (August 5), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) got the custody of three people, including Swapna in connection with this case. The agency got their custody from a special NIA court in Thiruvananthapuram, officials said.

The ED has got the custody of Sarith PS, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair who were arrested by the NIA earlier in this case. The three will be questioned and their statements recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The case emerged on July 5 when gold, weighing over 30 kg, was seized by the Customs Department from the “diplomatic baggage” that had landed by air cargo at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport from the Gulf. The seized gold is stated to be worth nearly Rs 15 crore.