Kochi: The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday denied bail plea to former IT secretary M. Sivasankar in connection with the case registered by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the gold smuggling case.
ED in the report filed at the Special Court stated that the money seized from Swapna's locker was kick-back meant for Sivasankar in Wadakkanchery LIFE Mission project.
ED stated that Sivasankar was the mastermind behind the gold smuggling.
Customs had on Monday interrogated Sivasankar at Kakkanad District Jail.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offences) court in Kochi permitted the Customs to interrogate prime accused Sarith P.S and Swapna Suresh at the jail.
Customs is set to interrogate Sarith at Viyyur Central Jail and Swapna at Attakulangara Women's Prison on Wednesday.
The Customs decided to interrogate the duo following new evidence obtained by Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the money laundering aspect in the gold smuggling, against Sivasankar.