HC rejects Sivasankar’s anticipatory bail plea; arrest likely
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, in connection with the gold smuggling case.
Court accepted the arguments put forward by probe agencies, Customs and Enforcement Directorate and rejected the plea. Justice Ashok Menon took into consideration the argument that Sivasankar is influential and if granted anticipatory bail, he may destroy the potential evidence in the case.
Sivasankar was admitted at a private Ayurveda hospital in Vanchiyoor till Wednesday morning. He may move the Supreme Court against the HC verdict. He had first filed the anticipatory bail plea in the case registered by Enforcement Directorate.
On October 16, Customs officials arrived at his residence and took him with them after serving a notice for questioning. But on the way he complained of uneasiness and was taken to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. Meanwhile, he filed an anticipatory bail plea in HC in Customs case too. However, doctors found that he was not having any serious illness and was suffering from back pain. Later he was shifted to medical college and admitted to Ortho ICU.
Meanwhile, the HC issued an order barring his arrest till October 28 in both cases. Following this Sivasankar discharged himself from medical college and shifted to an Ayurveda hospital.