In gold scam case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's former aide M Shivashankar
The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a gaze to contaminated IAS officer and former Major Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Oct 14
The Enforcement Directorate has despatched a gaze to contaminated IAS officer and former Major Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Wednesday. Shivashankar will be called for questioning in light of a form of digital evidence which the investigating agency has retrieved from diverse accused within the gold smuggling scam. Earlier, ED’s label sheet had little print of the statements of prime accused within the gold smuggling as successfully as statements made by Shivashankar’s chartered accountant whom he had instructed to Swapna Suresh.
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Gold scam: ED summons Pinarayi Vijayan aide M Shivashankar
Swapna Suresh had testified that Venugopal used to be instructed by Shivashankar as she wished to deposit 30 lakhs as FD. On the advice of the chartered accountant, the FD concept used to be dropped and it used to be as an alternative deposited in a locker facility in Thiruvananthapuram Affirm Bank of India.
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Sources be pleased told the sleuths are pleased that Shivashankar has conducted a really crucial goal within the going via of this locker facility. The partial label sheet had WhatsApp chats between Venugopal and Shivashankar which philosophize that Shivashankar used to be being updated on the transactions made via the locker facility.
Alternatively, Shivashankar has denied details of these chats. The end connection of Swapna as it used to be chanced on that both of them be pleased travelled in a foreign country collectively.
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Sources expose Republic TV that the 2d spherical of questioning will moreover be on the international hasten back and forth made by them. It’s being alleged that the hasten back and forth performed by the IAS officer used to be unlawful as he had no longer told the centre about hasten back and forth to international international locations. Top officers are moreover taking a survey at whether the hasten back and forth sponsor of the IAS officer used to be from a international source or an NRI. If these are proved accurate, Shivashankar would per chance well perchance per chance be disbarred from civil service for flouting the civil service code.
The probe crew believes the duo in one amongst their hasten back and forth in a foreign country would per chance well be pleased met with prime accused Faisal Fareed who is now incarnated in Dubai Penal advanced the effect 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 effect he met Swapna Suresh and both of them had returned by flight collectively to Kerala. Shivashankar’s October 2018 hasten back and forth to UAE for fundraising for Kerala floods is moreover below the lens of Investigation crew.
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