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language | Updated: 20 Feb 2021, 04:00:00 PM

Kochi, Feb 20 (Language) The Kerala High Court has dismissed the investigation agency’s appeal against a special NIA court order, saying that the gold smuggling case clearly falls under the provisions of the Customs Act and it is ‘terrorist activity’. Does not fall within the definition of ‘. A division bench of Justice A Hariprasad and Justice MR Anita made the remarks while granting conditional bail to 10 accused of smuggling gold through material sent to the embassies. The court said that gold smuggling clearly customs

Kochi, Feb 20 (Language) The Kerala High Court has dismissed the investigation agency’s appeal against a special NIA court order, saying that the gold smuggling case clearly falls under the provisions of the Customs Act and it is ‘terrorist activity’. Does not fall within the definition of ‘. A division bench of Justice A Hariprasad and Justice MR Anita made the remarks while granting conditional bail to 10 accused of smuggling gold through material sent to the embassies. The court said that gold smuggling is clearly covered under the provisions of the Customs Act and it does not fall under the act of terrorism within Section 15 (1) (a) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, unless Evidence is not offered that the purpose of this activity is to pose a threat to the economic or monetary security of the country. The Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court said that the word ‘smuggling’ refers to illegal transportation of various goods. Therefore, NIA’s plea in this regard cannot be accepted. Referring to the order of the special NIA court, the High Court in its order dated 18 February said that the evidence on record does not indicate prima facie that the accused, who have been granted bail, have harmed India’s economic security. This activity was intended. Significantly, on October 15 last year, a special NIA court granted conditional bail to 10 accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, saying there was no prima facie evidence to show that they had links with any terrorist organization. The NIA is investigating the case of seizure of 30 kg of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on 5 July.

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