In gold rip-off case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's frail aide M Shivashankar
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The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a understand to tainted IAS officer and frail Predominant Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Oct 14
The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a understand to tainted IAS officer and frail Predominant Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Wednesday. Shivashankar would perchance be called for questioning in gentle of various digital proof which the investigating company has retrieved from varied accused in the gold smuggling rip-off. Earlier, ED’s charge sheet had minute print of the statements of prime accused in the gold smuggling as neatly as statements made by Shivashankar’s chartered accountant whom he had beneficial to Swapna Suresh.
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Gold rip-off: ED summons Pinarayi Vijayan aide M Shivashankar
Swapna Suresh had testified that Venugopal used to be beneficial by Shivashankar as she famous to deposit 30 lakhs as FD. On the recommendation of the chartered accountant, the FD thought used to be dropped and it used to be as a replace deposited in a locker facility in Thiruvananthapuram Express Bank of India.
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Sources possess urged the sleuths are joyful that Shivashankar has played an fundamental feature in the going by strategy of of this locker facility. The partial charge sheet had WhatsApp chats between Venugopal and Shivashankar which present that Shivashankar used to be being up to this point on the transactions made by strategy of the locker facility.
Nevertheless, Shivashankar has denied recordsdata of these chats. The shut connection of Swapna as it used to be chanced on that both of them possess travelled in a international nation together.
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Sources expose Republic TV that the 2nd round of questioning will moreover be on the international trip made by them. It’s being alleged that the trip performed by the IAS officer used to be unlawful as he had now now not educated the centre about trip to international nations. High officers are moreover attempting at whether the trip sponsor of the IAS officer used to be from a international source or an NRI. If these are proved ethical, Shivashankar might per chance per chance very neatly be disbarred from civil service for flouting the civil service code.
The probe team believes the duo in thought to be one of their trip in a international nation might per chance per chance possess met with prime accused Faisal Fareed who is now incarnated in Dubai Jail where the conspiracy of the gold smuggling used to be hatched. The IAS officer had already agreed that in April 2017 he had travelled with her to UAE. In April 2018, he travelled to Oman where he met Swapna Suresh and both of them had returned by flight together to Kerala. Shivashankar’s October 2018 trip to UAE for fundraising for Kerala floods is moreover under the lens of Investigation team.
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