Swapna Suresh, the second accused in the Kerala diplomatic gold smuggling case, was denied bail on Monday by theNIA special courtin Kochi. The court further added that provisions of the anti-terrror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), will apply in her case.
Suresh’s counsel opposed the application of UAPA against her client arguing that the case pertains to an “economic offence and is not terror related”.
The National Investigation agency, probing the case, opposed it, saying major proceeds from smuggling were used to fund anti-national activities in south India.
Earlier the premier agency told the court that it suspected the proceeds from the gold smuggling case might be used for terror funding.
The agency invoked Section 16 and 17 of the UAPA, which prescribes punishment for raising funds for terrorist activities.
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