The Customs on Tuesday formally arrested IAS officer M Sivasankar in reference to the Kerala gold smuggling case.
Sources mentioned the sleuths from the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate visited the jail the place M Sivasankar is presently lodged right here after being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate probing the cash path within the gold smuggling case, this morning and recorded his arrest.
They mentioned the central company will transfer an utility within the courtroom in search of his custody.
The transfer comes a day after a particular courtroom for PMLA circumstances granted permission to the Customs to arrest M Sivasankar, who’s presently in judicial custody, in reference to the sensational case.
The courtroom for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had allowed the prayer by the Customs, which claimed it’s got direct incriminating materials in opposition to M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, over his “involvement” within the sensational smuggling of gold utilizing the diplomatic channel.
The Customs mentioned it has been arrested round 15 individuals, together with prime accused Swapna Suresh, Sarith PS and Sandeep Nair, in reference to the seizure of 30 kg smuggled gold illicitly imported as diplomatic baggage of UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5.
The company mentioned it has now come to gentle that M Sivasankar, who has been arrayed because the fifth accused within the case registered by the ED, can also be concerned within the challenge.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), the ED and the Customs are organized separate investigations into the racket that was busted with the seizure of gold on July 5.
The IAS officer was suspended after his hyperlinks to Suresh, a former worker of the consulate surfaced.