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Ernakulam Court Denies Bail To M Sivasankar IAS, Former Secretary To Kerala CM In Customs Case

LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK
30 Dec 2020 11:30 AM GMT
Ernakulam Court Denies Bail To  M Sivasankar IAS, Former Secretary To Kerala CM In Customs Case
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A Court in Ernakulam on Wednesday refused bail to M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, in the case registered by the Customs Department in relation to the diplomatic channel gold smuggling case.The order was pronounced by the Economic Offences Court, Ernakulam.Sivasankar is also facing another case registered by the Enforcement Directorate under the...

A Court in Ernakulam on Wednesday refused bail to M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, in the case registered by the Customs Department in relation to the diplomatic channel gold smuggling case.

The order was pronounced by the Economic Offences Court, Ernakulam.

Sivasankar is also facing another case registered by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act alleging that he helped Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, to launder the proceeds of the crime. He has been under custody in the ED case since October 28.

The lawyer of the civil servant(presently under suspension), Advocate S Rajeev, argued that Customs could not produce any material to show that Sivasankar aided or abetted other accused in smuggling gold using the diplomatic cargo.

Senior Advocate K Ramkumar, appearing for the Customs, opposing the bail plea, submitted that Sivasankar was in the know of the modus operandi of the prime accused and had traveled to the UAE in the company of the prime accused in the case.

On October 28, the High Court had dismissed Sivasankar's anticipatory bail plea in the ED case observing that there were circumstances suggesting that he might be involved in money laundering with Swapna Suresh.

The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of 24 carat gold worth ₹14.82 crore at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5 by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, which was sought to be brought through the diplomatic consignment sent to UAE consulate at the State capital.

Sivasankar came under the cloud of suspicion on account of his connections with the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and P R Sarith.

After the reports about gold smuggling surfaced in media, the state government suspended him from service last July for alleged violations of conduct rules.



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