A main sessions court in Kochi on Tuesday granted bail to Swapna Suresh, a key defendant in the high-profile gold smuggling case in Kerala, in a money laundering case being examined by the Directorate of the application.
However, she will remain in prison as she was also arrested in another gold smuggling related case investigated by the National Investigation Agency, which also slapped the strict law on illegal activities (prevention).
The court had reserved its order on Swapna Suresh’s bail application last week.
In particular, it obtained a bond in a gold smuggling case investigated by the customs service. She got a bond because customs failed to file the final report within the 60-day time limit.
The Kerala gold smuggling case, which is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Directorate of Law Enforcement and the Customs Service, concerns the smuggling of gold into the State through diplomatic channels.
The case came to light after 30kg of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore was smuggled in a camouflaged shipment as diplomatic baggage was destroyed by customs in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5.