The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a question whether the offense of gold smuggling can be termed as terrorist activity
The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a question of whether the offense of gold smuggling can be termed as “terrorist activity” under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
A bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai released a notice to the Centre and National Investigating Agency (NIA) on a plea against an order of the Rajasthan high court, which had declined to quash the FIR registered by the probe agency under the offenses of UAPA.
According to media reports, Mohammed Aslam was caught with 1.5 kg gold at Jaipur International Airport last year on July 3 among 10 other persons. The police had seized more than 18.56 kg gold bars from them.
In the plea, Mohammed Aslam said that he had been functioning in Saudi Arabia since 2018 but lost his job during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. One person named Lal Mohammed contacted him to carry some gold and deliver it to an unknown person in Jaipur for which he contracted to give him a return ticket to Jaipur and Rs 10,000 cash. Since he was in acute financial distress, he was lured into the trap.
On July 5, Mohammed Aslam and nine others were produced before the court and remanded to judicial custody in the case filed by the Customs department.