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NIA Grills Suspended Kerala IAS Officer Sivasankar in Gold Smuggling Case

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M Sivasankar leaves the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) workplace in Kochi after being interrogated for round 9 hours. (Credit score: ANI/Twitter) The officer has been directed to seem earlier than the investigation company once more on Tuesday, his lawyer instructed […]

M Sivasankar leaves the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Kochi after being interrogated for around 9 hours. (Credit: ANI/Twitter)

M Sivasankar leaves the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) workplace in Kochi after being interrogated for round 9 hours. (Credit score: ANI/Twitter)

The officer has been directed to seem earlier than the investigation company once more on Tuesday, his lawyer instructed reporters right here.

  • PTI Kochi
  • Final Up to date: July 27, 2020, 9:12 PM IST

Suspended senior IAS officer M Sivasankar was questioned for practically 9 hours on Monday by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) at its workplace right here as a part of its investigation into the sensational gold smuggling case utilizing diplomatic channel in Kerala.

The officer has been directed to seem earlier than the investigation company once more on Tuesday, his lawyer instructed reporters right here. That is the second time previously one week the NIA has grilled the officer, eliminated as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the state IT Secretary after allegations of his hyperlink with a key girl accused within the case surfaced.

The Customs division had additionally questioned him earlier. Sivasankar left the NIA workplace right here at 7 pm after the day-long questioning by the investigation workforce. He arrived there round 9.20 am in response to summons.

The officer’s lawyer mentioned his consumer will cooperate with the investigation.

Earlier on July 23, Sivasankar was questioned for fivehours by the NIA workforce on the Peroorkada police membership in Thiruvananthapuram. The senior bureaucrat, suspended primarily based on the report by a high-level committee that went into allegations in opposition to him,had been questioned by Customs, which can be probing the case, for practically 9 hours, lasting until the early hours of July 15.

Motion was taken in opposition to Sivasankar after allegations surfaced that he had hyperlinks with Swapna Suresh, the important thing accused within the case associated to the try to smuggle gold by diplomatic baggage utilizing the identify of an individual within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. The Customs seized the gold, weighing over 30 kg and valued at round Rs 15 crore on July 5. The NIA, which has been entrusted with the probe into the case, has booked Suresh and three others — Sarith, Sandeep Nair and Faizal Fareed– beneath the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act. Suresh and Sarith had been former staff of the UAE consulate and allegedly used their previous connection to smuggle gold utilizing the diplomatic channel.


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