Thiruvananthapuram: On Monday, The NIA Special Court in Kochi again denied bail to Swapna Suresh, the second accused in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case. The Court stated that the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Act and Anti-terror law will sustain in her case.
Opposing the slapping of UAPA and Anti-terror Law against her, Swapna Suresh’s lawyer has argued that her case is an ‘economic offense’ and not a terror-related’.
National Investigation Agency countered her lawyer’s argument and said a major chunk of the fund collected from the gold smuggling used for anti-national activities in South India.
The NIA earlier conveyed suspicion that the proceed attained by gold smuggling case has been used for funding the terror activities. The investigation agency invoked section,(16), ( 17) of the UAPA which raises punishment for funding terror activities.
The NIA has informed that KT Ramees, one of the key accused has close contact with the extremist terror groups. The NIA suspects Rameese to have linked with international smuggling and drug mafia. The agency has received evidence over the foreign trips made by Rameese to the countries including South Africa.