Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Supreme Court to cancel the bail granted to M. Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to Kerala Chief Minister, in connection with the gold smuggling case.
The ED stated in the apex court that Sivasankar tried to sabotage the case using his influence after getting bail and the state government’s threat to register case against ED officials makes it difficult to perform their duty.
The petition filed by the ED against the high court order granting bail to Sivasankar is currently under consideration of the Supreme Court.
Sivasankar was arrested on October 28 after his anticipatory bail petition was rejected by the Kerala High Court.
His custody by the ED has been extended thrice in the past.
The case pertains to the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channels in Kerala. It had come to light after 30 kg of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore smuggled in a consignment camouflaged as diplomatic baggage was busted by the Customs in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5, 2019.
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