Customs arrests Sivasankar in dollar smuggling case

Kochi: The Customs on Thursday arrested suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar in the dollar smuggling case that came to light during the probe into the gold smuggling racket.

Sivasankar is an accused in the gold smuggling case also. 

The Customs Commissionerate moved a plea in the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's (Economic Offences) Court in Ernakulam seeking its permission to arrest Sivasankar.

His arrest was recorded at a jail in Kochi where he is currently lodged under judicial custody since his arrest by the Customs and the Enforcement Directorate in cases related to gold smuggling.

The current case pertains to the alleged smuggling of 1.9 lakh US dollars by a former finance head of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram to Muscat in Oman.

Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case are also allegedly involved in the dollar smuggling case. Earlier, Sivasankar's judicial remand in the gold smuggling case registered by the Customs was extended till February 2. 

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