The bail plea of 9 accused within the diplomatic channel gold smuggling case, together with that of Swapna Suresh, will be heard on Wednesday.
The National Investigation Agency Special Court, which thought of the case on Tuesday, postponed it to Wednesday on a request from the NIA, which is probing the case.
The company sought the adjournment of the case for a day for the Additional Solicitor General to argue the case. The Special Court will take into account the case on Wednesday afternoon. The Special Court had earlier granted bail for 12 accused within the case and the Kerala High Court had ratified it.
The bail utility of Swapna, who has been charged beneath provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), was filed a lot earlier than the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court upholding the bail given to the opposite accused within the case.
While upholding the bail granted by the trial court docket, the Division Bench held that the smuggling of gold allegedly carried out by the accused “won’t fall inside the definition of terrorist act in Section 15 of the UAPA except proof is introduced out to present that it’s performed with the intent to threaten or it’s seemingly to threaten the financial safety or financial stability of India.”
The court docket additionally went on to state that the gold smuggling actions have been clearly coated by the provisions of the Customs Act. The Bench famous that gold smuggling carried out with a mere motive of unlawful revenue won’t fall inside the ambit of the terrorist act.
Swapna has been in jail for nearly eight months. Even if granted bail within the UAPA case, she might not be ready to stroll free as she is being detained beneath the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (COFEPOSA) Act. The writ petition towards her incarceration beneath the COFEPOSA Act will be filed shortly, stated her counsel.