Gold smuggling case: Kerala High Court drops COFEPOSA charges Swapna Suresh

The Kerala High Court Division Court on Friday overturned the preventive detention of Swapna Suresh, accused in the diplomatic gold smuggling case, under the Currency Custody and Custody Act 1974. prevention of smuggling activities (COFEPOSA).

The judiciary composed of Judge Mohammed Nias CP and AK Jayasankaran Nambiar delivered the verdict on a petition filed by Kumari Prabha, mother of Swapna, seeking to release the inmate currently in the Women’s Prison and Correctional Home in Thiruvananthapuram, challenging the order of preventive detention.

However, Swapna Suresh will continue to cool her heels in the jail here, as she faces charges brought by the NIA investigative team. Hearing a plea filed by his mother, a court division bench noted that the charges against Cofeposa were not valid.

The smuggling case surfaced on July 5, 2020, when customs arrested Sarith, a former UAE consulate employee here, for allegedly smuggling gold in diplomatic baggage destined for the consulate. Swapna Suresh, who also previously worked at the UAE consulate, and her partner Sandip Nair were arrested in the same case by the Bengaluru National Investigation Agency days later and since then all three have been in detention. judicial.

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