M Sivasankar | Photo: Binu Lal G/ Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The investigation agencies once again turned against M Sivasankar following the release of his book in relation to the gold smuggling case. The agencies may approach the Centre by pointing that the CM’s former principal secretary Sivasankar violated the rules of the All India Services. In view of this, they have carried out discussions with legal experts.
As Sivasankar’s book attempts to defame the investigation agencies, the legal experts have inferred that the publication of the book breaches the service rules.
The Centre had entrusted the probe of the gold smuggling case with the central investigation agencies. Hence, the allegations against the agencies will be considered as criticising the Centre itself.
As per the rules of All India Services, an officer shall not criticise the state or central government during the service period. Accusing statements through radio, media, published books or documents will be considered as violation. Even if the book has been written in the original name or any other pseudonym, it will amount to infringement of service rules.
An original and translated copy of Sivasankar’s book may be sent to the concerned departments of the central government soon. If the Union government considers the accusations of Sivasankar as grave, it would appoint an investigation commission to conduct further probe.