Kerala gold smuggling case: Swapna Suresh in judicial custody till October 8

Kochi: A Special NIA court here on Friday again sent Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, in judicial custody till October 8.

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Suresh has been in National Investigation Agency’s custody for the past four days and was presented in court after questioning.

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She told the court that she would like to be shifted from Thrissur prison, following which the court directed that she be moved to a jail near here.

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Even as her judicial custody was extended, the NIA team informed the court that it would need to interrogate her further in the case that has caused a political storm in Kerala.

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On Thursday, the NIA had questioned her in the presence of now-suspended senior IAS officer M Sivasankar for over eight hours. Suresh has gone on record to say that Sivasankar, a former Principal Secretary of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, was her mentor.

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The case first came to light when PS Sarith, a former employee of the UAE Consulate here, was arrested by the Customs on July 5 when he was allegedly facilitating the smuggling of 30 kg gold in a diplomatic baggage from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram.

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Suresh and her associate Sandip Nair were arrested by the NIA from Bengaluru on July 11.

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