M Sivasankar brought to Enforcement Directorate office in Kochi for interrogation
Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate, which took M Sivasankar into custody, brought the IAS officer to their office in Kochi.
ED officials visited the Ayurveda hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, where Sivasankar was undergoing treatment and took him under custody soon after the High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea on Wednesday.
Sivasankar and the ED officers rested for a while at a hotel in Cherthala before continuing with their journey to Kochi. They continued the journey from Cherthala in a different vehicle. The Customs officers, who investigated the gold smuggling case, have also reached Kochi with the ED officers.
Youth Congress workers staged a protest in front of the ED office. They destroyed the barricades that were set up in front of the office by police.
The High Court dismissed Sivasankar's anticipatory bail plea after accepting the arguments of Customs and ED. Customs presented Sivasankar’s WhatsApp chats with the chartered accountant as the major evidence against him.
ED raised several allegations against Sivasankar including that he was not cooperating with the investigation. The evidence against Sivasankar was submitted before court in a sealed envelope. Customs informed the court that since he is not cooperating with the interrogation, he will have to be interrogated under custody. This was accepted by the court. The conditions are still open for approaching the Supreme Court against the High Court order. Sivasankar applied for anticipatory bail first in the ED case.
Customs took Sivasankar for interrogation on October 16. Customs officers reached the IAS officer's house, served him a notice to appear for interrogation and took him with them. But on the way, Sivasankar complained of physical difficulty and customs took him to a hospital.
However, the doctors informed that he was not suffering from any serious ailments. Later, he was shifted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical college Hospital. Then the court ordered that Sivasankar should not be arrested until October 28 in the Customs case as well. Following this, Sivasankar was discharged from the hospital and was admitted to a private Ayurved hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.