Swapna Suresh (L) and Sandeep Nair
A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has extended the remand of Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh (L) and Sandeep Nair (R) till July 24. Image Credit: ANI

Kochi: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kochi on Tuesday extended the NIA custody of Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, both accused in the high-profile Kerala gold smuggling case, till July 24.

The court is also set to consider the bail plea of the two accused on July 24.

On July 18, a team of the NIA had taken Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair to various locations, including their residences, in Thiruvananthapuram for evidence collection.

The NIA, which was handed over the probe in the matter related to smuggling of gold through diplomatic channels in the state, has charged the two accused - Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair - with offences under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The special court had on July 17 sent another prime accused in the matter - Sarith PS - to seven-day custody of the NIA.

Sarith, an accused in the case who had previously worked as a public relations officer (PRO) in the UAE Consulate-General’s office in Thiruvananthapuram, was arrested on July 6 and remanded to 14 days.

The matter had come to light on July 5 after the Customs Department seized 30 kg gold concealed in diplomatic consignment at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport.