Gold smuggling case accused Ramees gets bail, to continue in jail
Kochi: A special court (Economic Offences) here granted bail to KT Ramees who was booked by Customs over the gold smuggling case. But, he will not be released from the jail as the NIA court remanded him in the case.
As per the condition in cases under the Customs department, bail can be given to the accused if the charge sheet is not submitted within 60 days. Observing this condition, the court granted bail to Ramees, say reports. It is reported that Ramees completed 61 days under arrest of Customs on Wednesday.
Granting bail, the court directed the accused to execute a bond of Rs 2,00,000 with two solvent sureties each for the like sum and the sureties shall produce their original title deeds for verification.
He shall appear before the investigating officer on all Mondays between 10 and 11 am for a period of three months or till filing of final report whichever is earlier, the court said.
It also directed the accused to surrender his passport within a period of seven days or file an affidavit to the effect that he is not possessing a passport.
The petitioner shall cooperate with the investigation, the court said in its bail order.
Meanwhile, his lawyer informed that he will approach the court seeking bail in the NIA case. Amidst this, the court has sent Muhammad Ansar, another accused in gold smuggling case in NIA custody.
Ramees, arrested by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate on July 11 in connection with the case, was described by the Central agencies as one of the "kingpins" of the gold smuggling case in which former employees of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, Swapna Suresh and Sarith P S are key accused.
He was later arrested by the NIA.
Central agencies, including the NIA, Customs and Enforcement Directorate, are conducting a separate probe into the seizure of gold worth nearly Rs 15 crore from a "diplomatic baggage" at the Thiruvananthapuram International airport on July 5.