Locker availed to store black money, says ED; opposes Sivasankar’s bail plea in HC

By S Ragin/Mathrubhumi News

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M. Sivasankar | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday submitted a report in the High Court opposing the bail plea of Sivasankar, former principal secretary to chief minister and an accused in gold smuggling case. In the affidavit submitted, ED said that they have recorded the statements of the Customs official and cargo clearing agent on Sivasankar’s involvement to release the diplomatic baggage containing gold.

A copy of the affidavit was obtained by Mathrubhumi News.

Sivasankar had called the Customs officer three to four times as requested by Swapna Suresh, anther accused in the case. Based on the information, the officer and cargo clearing agent were interrogated.

ED also stated in the 102-page affidavit that the Rs 1 crore in the bank locker was Sivasankar’s commission. The locker facility was availed just to store the black money.

According to ED, the money was Sivasankar’s commission in Life Mission deals while the National Investigation Agency had said it to be in gold smuggling.

The HC will consider the bail plea of Sivasankar in the afternoon. He had claimed in the plea that there were no evidences against him. However, ED has submitted in court documents to prove its stand.

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