M Sivasankar | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The Customs department dismissed the claim of the committee headed by the Chief Secretary that the details of the case against M Sivasankar that were sought before the withdrawal of his suspension were not given. The Customs department clarified that the Chief Commissioner's office has submitted a letter to the Chief Secretary explaining the details of the two cases charged against Sivasankar.
The committee, headed by the chief secretary, claimed that the customs had not given an explanation despite sending a letter asking for details of the case against Sivasankar on December 30. Customs rejected the Chief Secretary's claim that a letter had been sent from the Chief Commissioner's office to the Chief Secretary's office in late December.
The customs had registered two cases including gold smuggling and dollar smuggling against Sivasankar. A charge sheet had been filed in the gold smuggling case earlier itself. According to Customs, the letter submitted to the Chief Secretary pointed out that a show-cause notice had been served to Sivasankar and that no charge sheet had been filed in the case.