Kerala IAS officer quizzed for 9 hours in gold smuggling case

Thiruvananthapuram, July 15

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

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

The marathon questioning went on until 2.15 am on Wednesday after which the official was escorted again to his dwelling by the 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 current on a 12 months’s go away.

The Chief Minister had informed the media on Tuesday {that a} panel headed by the Chief Secretary, Dr Vishwas Mehta, was probing the fees 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 likewise IT Secretary after allegations surfaced that he had hyperlinks with the girl accused within the case associated to the try to smuggle gold by diplomatic baggage utilizing the identify of an individual within the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. The Customs had seized over 30 kg gold on July 5.

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

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