M Sivasankar | Photo: Binu Lal G/ Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Former IAS officer M Sivasankar, who was a top aide to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from 2016 to 2021, was on Friday sent back to jail after the Enforcement Directorate (ED), who had his custody for the past nine days, did not seek any extension.
Sivasankar was produced before a court here and since the ED did not seek further custody, the court sent him back to jail.
He superannuated from service on January 31 and a few days later appeared before the ED. The agency is probing the bribery case in the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government's pet "LIFE Mission" project - intended to provide homes to the poor who lost their houses in the 2018 floods.
After three days of questioning, Sivasankar was arrested by the ED and the court first sent him into custody for five days. On Monday, the agency requested the court for another four days.
With the ED on Friday not seeking further custodial interrogation, counsel for Sivasankar moved his bail petition.
On Thursday, the ED served a notice to CM Ravindran, the assistant private secretary to Vijayan and considered the chief minister's closest aide, to appear before them at the agency’s office, here on Monday.