Customs quiz Kerala IAS officer for 9 hours in gold smuggling case

Thiruvananthapuram, July 15

Senior IAS officer M Sivasankar, sacked principal secretary of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, was questioned by Customs officers for almost 9 hours, until early Wednesday morning within the gold smuggling case.

The bureaucrat had appeared earlier than the officers by round 5.15 pm on Tuesday shortly after being served discover summoning him to seem earlier than the officers in reference to the continuing investigation within the sensational case.

The marathon questioning went on until round 2.15 am on Wednesday after which the official was escorted again to his house by customs authorities.

The Customs is probing whether or not Sivasankar, who was additionally eliminated as IT secretary, had used his workplace to supply any assist to key accused – Sarith, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair.

Sivasankar is at present on a 12 months’s depart.

The Chief Minister had instructed the media on Tuesday {that a} panel headed by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta was probing the costs in opposition to the bureaucrat and motion could be taken if he was discovered responsible.

The authorities had eliminated Sivasankar as Principal Secretary to the CM and in addition IT Secretary after allegations surfaced that he had hyperlinks with the lady accused within the case associated to the try and smuggle gold by diplomatic baggage utilizing the identify of an individual within the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Customs seized the gold, weighing over 30 kg and valued at round Rs 15 crore on July 5.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has been entrusted with the probe into the case, has booked 4 accused – Sarith, Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair and Fasil Fareed below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. PTI

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