Kochi: Third accused Sandeep Nair in Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case has been granted bail by the Kochi court on September 22. The bail was granted by the Kochi Economic Offences Court to Sandeep Nair. However, Sandeep won't be able to leave jail as he is accused in other cases filed by NIA.

Meanwhile, the main accused Swapna Suresh has been sent to NIA custody for four more days. The court also allowed Swapna to meet her family during the custody period.

Swapna also informed the court that her health condition is better.

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The income tax department will be questioning nine accused in the gold smuggling case regarding the tax.

Earlier on September 16, another accused in the case Rameez was also granted bail in Customs case. The bail was granted by the Kochi Economic Offences Court.

However, Rameez won't be able to leave jail as he is accused in other cases filed by NIA.

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Rameez was arrested from Vettathur in Malappuram on the morning of July 12. Earlier, Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that Rameez is the mastermind behind the gold smuggling.

The Kerala gold smuggling scam came to light after the Customs department seized 30 kg gold from an air cargo consignment from the UAE to the country’s consulate in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5.