Kerala Excessive Courtroom rejects anticipatory bail pleas of Sivasankar in gold smuggling case

Kochi, October 28

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed the anticipatory bail pleas of suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar, facing the Enforcement Directorate and Customs probe in the Kerala gold smuggling case.

The court passed the order on two separate anticipatory bail pleas filed by Sivasankar apprehending arrest by Customs investigating the gold smuggling and ED probing the money trail in the case.

During the course of consideration of his bail pleas, the High Court restrained the ED and Customs from arresting Sivasankar, suspended IAS officer and former principal secretary to the Chief Minister, till October 28.

Strongly opposing the plea, the ED had submitted that the custodial interrogation of the officer was required as he was not cooperating with the investigation.

The agency had stated that the role of Sivasankar in the gold smuggling case was still being probed and granting him anticipatory bail would adversely affect the investigation.

In a written statement, the ED had submitted that Sivasankar appeared to be connected with the serious economic offence allegedly committed by prime accused Swapna Suresh.

The Customs also had opposed anticipatory bail application, alleging that Sivasankar was not providing clear answers to important questions.

Refuting the charges against him, Sivasankar had submitted that he was being hounded by the agencies in the name of investigation.

He had submitted that he did not hold any influential position in the government at present and claimed that he even was not getting a hotel room due to the case.

Seeking anticipatory bail, Sivasankar had said that he had complied with all the directions till now and there is no scope for him absconding. PTI

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