In gold scam case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's dilapidated aide M Shivashankar
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The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a explore to substandard IAS officer and dilapidated Critical Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Oct 14
The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a explore to substandard IAS officer and dilapidated Critical Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Wednesday. Shivashankar will be called for questioning in light of diverse digital proof which the investigating company has retrieved from varied accused within the gold smuggling scam. Earlier, ED’s payment sheet had tiny print of the statements of prime accused within the gold smuggling as effectively as statements made by Shivashankar’s chartered accountant whom he had urged to Swapna Suresh.
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Gold scam: ED summons Pinarayi Vijayan aide M Shivashankar
Swapna Suresh had testified that Venugopal changed into urged by Shivashankar as she wished to deposit 30 lakhs as FD. On the recommendation of the chartered accountant, the FD opinion changed into dropped and it changed into as a replace deposited in a locker facility in Thiruvananthapuram Relate Bank of India.
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Sources possess instructed the sleuths are convinced that Shivashankar has performed a extremely principal position within the handling of this locker facility. The partial payment sheet had WhatsApp chats between Venugopal and Shivashankar which level to that Shivashankar changed into being up to this level on the transactions made thru the locker facility.
Then again, Shivashankar has denied recordsdata of these chats. The shut connection of Swapna as it changed into found that both of them possess travelled abroad collectively.
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Sources say Republic TV that the second spherical of questioning will moreover be on the foreign traipse made by them. It is being alleged that the traipse done by the IAS officer changed into unlawful as he had no longer instructed the centre about traipse to foreign countries. High officers are moreover attempting at whether the traipse sponsor of the IAS officer changed into from a foreign source or an NRI. If these are proved correct, Shivashankar could perchance also very effectively be disbarred from civil carrier for flouting the civil carrier code.
The probe crew believes the duo in one among their traipse abroad could perchance also possess met with prime accused Faisal Fareed who’s now incarnated in Dubai Jail where the conspiracy of the gold smuggling changed into 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 collectively to Kerala. Shivashankar’s October 2018 traipse to UAE for fundraising for Kerala floods is moreover below the lens of Investigation crew.
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