Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has recently issued new summons to VS Sivakumar, the former Health and Devaswom Minister and Congress leader, requesting to appear for questioning in connection with the investigation into disproportionate assets case. Sivakumar has been directed to appear before ED's office in Kochi at 11 am on Monday.
The case relates to alleged financial discrepancies and black money dealings during Sivakumar's time in the office between 2011-16.
ED has issued four notices to the Congress leader summoning him for questioning at their Kochi office in relation to the ongoing case. However, he has chosen not to attend the questioning sessions, citing various reasons for his absence.
Meanwhile, ED refrained from approaching the court or to take stringent measures after Sivakumar reportedly expressed his willingness to appear for questioning. Following this, ED issued a fresh notice.
Allegations have surfaced accusing Sivakumar of illegally accumulating wealth and diverting it to his close associates. In 2020, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) of Kerala conducted a raid at his residence and subsequently filed a case upon discovering irregularities. The involvement of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) comes as a result of a preliminary investigation into the matter.