Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed that M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, shall not be arrested till October 23 in connection with the gold smuggling case.
HC made this direction while considering Sivasankar's anticipatory bail plea.
Apprehending arrest by the Enforcement Directorate probing the gold smuggling
case, Sivansankar on Wednesday had filed a plea in the High Court here seeking anticipatory bail.
In his plea, Sivasankar had said as a responsible government servant, he cooperated maximum with the investigation of the offence.
He had said he was summoned by the ED on multiple occasions to confront the statements given by different accused and different witnesses.
Sivasankar also had said with utmost responsibility he has explained all the circumstances put to him.
He had added that he was questioned by different agencies during the past one month for more than 90 hours, but nobody submitted any report against him before the court of law.
In the plea, Sivasankar had stated he strongly apprehends that the investigating agency is under tremendous pressure due to the "media trial."
He also had said he fears that the medias "false propaganda and frivolous news items" and constant demand for his arrest for creating news value has created a situation where the investigating agencies are forced to save their skin from allegations by arresting him, thereby playing to the fourth estate and avoiding criticism.
Claiming innocence, Sivasankar had said he was prepared to cooperate with the investigation and prepared to abide by any condition imposed by the court.
(With inputs from agencies)