M Sivasankar | Photo:ANI
Kochi: Court has dismissed M Sivasankar’s bail plea in the case registered by Enforcement Directorate. Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court had deferred the case to Tuesday after listening to the arguments made by both parties last Thursday.
ED had arrested Sivasankar on October 29. Following this, he was kept under ED's custody until last Thursday.
ED argued in the court that Sivasankar might try to sabotage the case if granted bail. Also, Sivasankar could go into hiding if granted bail and it will be hard to trace him once underground.
The hearing in the bail plea had lasted 5 hours last Thursday. Advocate Raman Pillai who represented Sivasankar, argued for more than two and a half hours. Additional Solicitor General SV Rajeev appeared for ED.
Sivasankar is one of the most important IAS officers in Kerala. He handled very important responsibilities at the Chief Minister’s office. If Sivasankar is granted bail, he will try to influence the witnesses, ED stated. The investigation agency also stated that unlike a murder, which can happen due to a sudden provocation, gold smuggling is a crime that is very well planned. An officer who is supposed to protect the trust of the public should not have acted in such a manner.
The relationship between M Sivasankar and Swapna Suresh can be proven using their WhatsApp chats. Details about financial transactions are mentioned in these chats. Sivasankar knew about Swapna Suresh's financial situation. In this context, Sivasankar’s argument that he did not know about the gold smuggling is not believable, the ED stated.
Court rejected Sivasankar's bail plea after taking these arguments into consideration.