Kerala Gold Smuggling: Named Charged for Declining to Call Political Targets of ED, States Vijayan Ex-Aide
In additional arguments to his bail plea, suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar on Monday declared that he was arraigned as an accused and detained after he refused to offer in to the pressure imposed on him by the Enforcement Directorate among others political targets of their choice. The unique court for economic offences will hear and most likely pronounce its verdict on Sivasankar’s plea on Tuesday, November 17.
Sivasankar, the former principal secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, was detained on October 28 by the ED probing the cash path in the gold smuggling case.
His bail plea specified that there were contradictions in the ED’s arguments associated to earnings of crime. “In the arrest order provided on October 28, 2020, ED declares that Sivasankar had actually accepted in his declaration that he has actually talked to senior Customs officer and made demand based on the desires of Swapna Suresh.Till date, ED has actually not made any claim/statement concerning the nature of interaction made by Sivasankar or to whom Sivasankar spoke. Not a single averment is made in this regard prior to this court,” it said.
Sivasankar alleged that this obscurity was intentionally developed and maintained by the ED so as to prevent the court from understanding the real truths. He stated that it appeared from the chats that he had no role in the locker as well as money kept in the locker and that he had actually only introduced Swapna Suresh, prime accused in the event, to the chartered accounting professional.
He likewise specified that deceptive extracts from his discussion with Suresh over WhatsApp, without totally mentioning the context and complete text of messages exchanged between them, existed by the ED to develop a smokescreen and mislead the court.
He likewise described the claims regarding kickbacks received in ‘Life Objective’ jobs as baseless. Sivashankar held charge as the CEO of the objective for a short period during 2018 and 2019 which was prior to the timeline in which the contract was signed. For that reason, there was no reason anyone would use kickback in these jobs to the applicant (Sivashankar), he said.
He also said that Suresh’s declaration to the ED on November 10 might not be trusted.
” NIA had actually previously found that the cash recuperated and seized from Swapna’s locker by NIA was proceeds of crime from smuggling activities which happened throughout the duration November, 2019 to June,2020 In the latest statement, she said that the money of more than Rs 1 crore, which was recovered from the her locker was kickback meant for bail Sivashankar in the Life Mission task handed to her by one Mr Khalid. It has actually to be suspected that ED, for convincing Swapna to provide such produced statement, may have tempted her with a possible acquittal in the NIA case. This has actually to read along with the fact that Swapna had, till November 10 (for more than 100 days into investigation), always maintained that applicant is innocent and had given lots of declarations to the NIA, custom-mades and ED to that result,” he declared.
Sivashankar, who was kept in the cash laundering case associated to the smuggling of gold using Diplomatic channel, called himself a victim of the association.
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