In gold rip-off case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's mild aide M Shivashankar
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The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a see to deplorable IAS officer and mild-weight Major Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Oct 14
The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a see to deplorable IAS officer and mild-weight Major Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Wednesday. Shivashankar can be called for questioning in mild of masses of digital proof which the investigating agency has retrieved from various accused within the gold smuggling rip-off. Earlier, ED’s charge sheet had fundamental facets of the statements of prime accused within the gold smuggling moreover 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 became as soon as beneficial by Shivashankar as she wanted to deposit 30 lakhs as FD. On the advice of the chartered accountant, the FD conception became as soon as dropped and it became as soon as as an replacement deposited in a locker facility in Thiruvananthapuram Sigh Bank of India.
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Sources comprise suggested the sleuths are convinced that Shivashankar has played a wanted goal within the handling of this locker facility. The partial charge sheet had WhatsApp chats between Venugopal and Shivashankar which indicate that Shivashankar became as soon as being updated on the transactions made through the locker facility.
Then again, Shivashankar has denied knowledge of those chats. The shut connection of Swapna because it became as soon as came across that every of them comprise travelled in a foreign country collectively.
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Sources converse Republic TV that the 2d spherical of questioning will also be on the foreign commute made by them. It’s being alleged that the commute done by the IAS officer became as soon as illegal as he had not told the centre about commute to foreign nations. High officials are also taking a see at whether the commute sponsor of the IAS officer became as soon as from a foreign supply or an NRI. If these are proved valid, Shivashankar can be disbarred from civil service for flouting the civil service code.
The probe crew believes the duo in a single amongst their commute in a foreign country may per chance well additionally comprise met with prime accused Faisal Fareed who’s now incarnated in Dubai Jail where the conspiracy of the gold smuggling became as soon as hatched. The IAS officer had already agreed that in April 2017 he had travelled collectively with her to UAE. In April 2018, he travelled to Oman where he met Swapna Suresh and every of them had returned by flight collectively to Kerala. Shivashankar’s October 2018 commute to UAE for fundraising for Kerala floods is also under the lens of Investigation crew.
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