Sivasankar still in hospital; Customs likely to arrest him if condition stable
Thiruvananthapuram: Former principal secretary to the chief minister M Sivasankar, who was hospitalised after feeling uneasy while Customs was taking him for interrogation in gold smuggling case, will be subjected to more tests and checkups on Saturday.
If his health condition is stable, the Customs officials are likely to proceed with further procedures. It is learnt that they are planning for arrest as the next move.
The medical bulletin released on Friday night by the private hospital in Karamana stated that Sivasankar suffered high blood pressure and variation in ECG. As physical discomforts were found in the preliminary checkup, he was moved to the cardiac ICU.
As per reports, ECG and angiogram tests are likely to be performed on Saturday. If there are no other issues, he may be taken for interrogation or arrested from the hospital itself. Sivasankar's wife works as a nephrologist in the same hospital.
The Customs officials came to pick up M. Sivasankar for questioning on Friday evening but as he got into their car, he complained of discomfort and was admitted to a leading private hospital here.
He was asked to present himself before the Customs on Friday, but when he said he was unwell, the Customs officials came home. When they decided to take him for questioning, he said he was feeling unwell and was taken to the hospital.
Hearing about the incident, an NIA team also arrived at the hospital. Both the Customs and the NIA team left after some time, but asked the doctors to inform them of all developments.
The Kerala High Court, acting on an anticipatory bail plea of Sivasankar, had ordered that the ED should not arrest him till next Friday, when the court will hear his plea in detail.