M Sivasankar, the former principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the gold smuggling case. The suspended officer was taken in custody for questioning by the probe agency this morning, soon after the Kerala High Court rejected his anticipatory bail request.
The Kerala gold smuggling case – that has been at centre of the state’s politics – is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Customs Department. It involves the smuggling of at least 30 kg gold allegedly through diplomatic channels in July. The gold worth Rs 14.82 crore was seized at the Thiruvananthapuram airport from diplomatic baggage meant to be delivered to the UAE consulate on July 5.
M Sivasankar had been questioned several times by the three central probe agencies amid allegations of close links with the accused in the gold smuggling case.