In gold rip-off case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's frail aide M Shivashankar

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In gold rip-off case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's frail aide M Shivashankar

In gold rip-off case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's frail aide M Shivashankar

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The Enforcement Directorate has sent a glimpse to defective IAS officer and frail Main Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Oct 14

Gold scam

The Enforcement Directorate has sent a glimpse to defective IAS officer and frail Main Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Wednesday. Shivashankar will seemingly be known as for questioning in gentle of diversified digital evidence which the investigating agency has retrieved from diversified accused in the gold smuggling rip-off. Earlier, ED’s worth sheet had little print of the statements of prime accused in the gold smuggling moreover statements made by Shivashankar’s chartered accountant whom he had steered 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 steered by Shivashankar as she wished to deposit 30 lakhs as FD. On the advice of the chartered accountant, the FD thought used to be dropped and it used to be instead deposited in a locker facility in Thiruvananthapuram Notify Bank of India.

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Sources like told the sleuths are convinced that Shivashankar has played a mandatory role in the facing of this locker facility. The partial worth sheet had WhatsApp chats between Venugopal and Shivashankar which expose that Shivashankar used to be being up in the past on the transactions made thru the locker facility.

Alternatively, Shivashankar has denied files of these chats.  The shut connection of Swapna because it used to be stumbled on that every of them like travelled in a international country together.

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Sources uncover Republic TV that the 2d round of questioning will also be on the international shuttle made by them. It is being alleged that the shuttle completed by the IAS officer used to be illegal as he had no longer advised the centre about shuttle to international international locations. Top officials are also having a watch at whether the shuttle sponsor of the IAS officer used to be from a international supply or an NRI. If these are proved appropriate, Shivashankar could perchance additionally merely be disbarred from civil provider for flouting the civil provider code.

The probe team believes the duo in a single of their shuttle in a international country can like met with prime accused Faisal Fareed who’s now incarnated in Dubai Penal complex the set the conspiracy of the gold smuggling used to be hatched. The IAS officer had already agreed that in April 2017 he had travelled alongside with her to UAE. In April 2018, he travelled to Oman the set he met Swapna Suresh and each of them had returned by flight together to Kerala. Shivashankar’s October 2018 shuttle to UAE for fundraising for Kerala floods is also below the lens of Investigation team.

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