HC defers verdict on Sivasankar's anticipatory bail pleas to Oct 28; extends protection from arrest
Kochi: Kerala High Court, on Friday, stated that it would pronounce the verdict on former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, M Sivasankar’s anticipatory bail pleas on October 28th.
The court made it clear that its order banning investigating agencies from arresting Sivasankar would be valid until October 28th. The court also stated that it will pronounce the verdict only after examining the documents submitted by Enforcement Directorate in a sealed envelope.
There were heated debates in the court when the case was considered. ED stated that they have concrete evidence against M Sivasankar and added that Swapna Suresh was just the face of the operation and everything was controlled by Sivasankar.
Sivasankar filed anticipatory bail pleas stating that Customs department and Enforcement Directorate were planning to arrest him in the gold smuggling case. The petitions were considered by the bench led by Justice Ashok Menon.
The court had banned his arrest until October 23 when the petitions were considered earlier. Both Customs and ED had filed a report stating that they suspect him to have been involved in the smuggling case.
Advocate Ramkumar represented the Customs department in the court and Advocate Vijayabhanu appeared for Sivasankar.