Speaker’s office obstructs Customs’ move to interrogate Assistant Private Secretary; serves letter
Thiruvananthapuram: The Speaker’s office has issued a letter to the Customs over the probe agency’s move to interrogate K Ayyappan, the Assistant Private Secretary to Speaker, in connection with the dollar smuggling case.
The letter written by Assembly Secretary SV Unnikrishnan Nair stated that Speaker’s permission was required to question his Assistant Private Secretary.
There are matters in which Speaker has the sovereign power. Hence to question someone who comes under Assembly Secretariat, the former’s permission is required, the letter stated.
Customs had served a notice to Ayyappan to appear for interrogation on Wednesday. However, he had furnished a reply through mail that he cannot appear before it due to the busy schedule of the Kerala Assembly session beginning from Friday. The Department issued the summons yesterday asking him to appear before it today at its Kochi office. This was the second time the Customs has issued a notice to Ayyappan.