NIA court questions UAPA charges in gold smuggling case; probe team submits case diary
Kochi: The special NIA court asked the probe team whether charges of UAPA exists in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case. The court posed the question while considering the bail plea of Swapna Suresh, accused in the case. Following this, NIA investigation officer DySP C Radhakrishna Pillai submitted the case diary before the court.
Solicitor General Vijayakumar appeared for NIA before the court. He is the central government lawyer at Kerala High Court.
In connection with the case, people including Popular Front activists, were arrested. NIA plans to point out these arrests to prove terrorist links in the case. At the same time, NIA lawyer informed the court that the case diary mentions major findings on terrorist links in the case.
Meanwhile, the lawyer of Swapna Suresh argued that UAPA charges will not exist against the accused in the case. He noted that the probe team did not prove the terrorist link in the case.
The gold was seized from Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5. The investigation into the case was handed over to NIA on July 9. Swapna’s lawyer questioned whether the NIA uncovered terrorist links in the case during this period of investigation. He argued that only charges of tax evasion should be invoked in the case.
A detailed hearing on Swapna’s bail plea is being carried out in the court. It is learned that the court will decide on the bail plea after examining the case diary.
Earlier, the Supreme Court and High Court ordered that the case diary will be examined while extending the remand and custody period of an accused. Observing this order, the special court is examining the case diary.