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Gold smuggling: Swapna Suresh gets bail as no charge sheet filed in time

Swapna Suresh was on Monday granted bail by a court in a case registered by the Customs as the agency did not file a charge sheet within the stipulated period of 60 days

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Gold smuggling | Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

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Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair (both in middle) after they were arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI

Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the case in Kerala, was on Monday granted bail by a court here in a case registered by the Customs as the agency did not file a charge sheet within the stipulated period of 60 days.

Suresh, however, will continue to remain behind bars as she is an accused in the alleged terror link of the case probed by the Investigation Agency.

She is also an accused in a case registered by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the money trail of the illegal trade.

The special court on Economic Offences granted statutory bail to Suresh as the Customs (Preventive) Commmissionerate did not file a charge sheet within the stipulated period of 60 days.

According to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), an accused is entitled to default bail if a charge sheet is not filed within 60-90 days as per the offence.

Earlier, the other key accused in the case, including Rameez and Sandeep Nair, were also granted default bail in the case being investigated by the Customs.

The smuggling came to the fore when Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, seized 30 kg of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore found camouflaged in diplomatic baggage from the UAE on July 5.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, October 05 2020. 20:16 IST
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