Customs gets court's permission to arrest Sivasankar

Kochi: The Customs has received permission from the Special Court for the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to record the arrest of former IT secretary M. Sivasankar in the gold smuggling case.

The Customs submitted a petition seeking the arrest and custody of Sivasankar.

"The Customs during the course of investigation has now been able to get direct incriminating material against Sivasankar of his involvement in the smuggling of gold illegally which is an offence under the Customs Act. It has, therefore, become necessary to subject him to custodial interrogation after arresting him.

This is highly necessary for the smooth progress of the investigation," said the Customs.

According to Customs sources, Sivasankar will be arraigned and arrested in the case after it received statements from the co-accused that he knew about the gold smuggling.

"Swapna has given a statement to ED and Customs that Sivasankar knew about her gold smuggling activities. We suspect that he helped her in the act.

To get more information in this regard, his arrest has to be recorded and he must be interrogated in custody," said a Customs source.
 Asianet Online