In gold scam case, ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's frail aide M Shivashankar
The Enforcement Directorate has sent a thought to unhealthy IAS officer and frail Major Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Oct 14
The Enforcement Directorate has sent a thought to unhealthy IAS officer and frail Major Secretary of Kerala M Shivashankar for questioning on Wednesday. Shivashankar will most certainly be referred to as for questioning in light of various digital proof which the investigating company has retrieved from various accused within the gold smuggling scam. Earlier, ED’s payment sheet had small print of the statements of high accused within the gold smuggling as successfully as statements made by Shivashankar’s chartered accountant whom he had instant to Swapna Suresh.
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Gold scam: ED summons Pinarayi Vijayan aide M Shivashankar
Swapna Suresh had testified that Venugopal modified into instant by Shivashankar as she wanted to deposit 30 lakhs as FD. On the advice of the chartered accountant, the FD conception modified into dropped and it modified into as an alternative deposited in a locker facility in Thiruvananthapuram Teach Bank of India.
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Sources safe told the sleuths are gratified that Shivashankar has played an crucial way within the dealing with of this locker facility. The partial payment sheet had WhatsApp chats between Venugopal and Shivashankar which point out that Shivashankar modified into being up to this point on the transactions made by way of the locker facility.
Nevertheless, Shivashankar has denied info of those chats. The shut connection of Swapna because it modified into stumbled on that both of them safe travelled in one other nation collectively.
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Sources listing Republic TV that the 2nd round of questioning will additionally be on the foreign commute made by them. It’s being alleged that the commute executed by the IAS officer modified into unlawful as he had not educated the centre about commute to foreign nations. Top officers are additionally making an attempt at whether the commute sponsor of the IAS officer modified into from a foreign supply or an NRI. If these are proved correct, Shivashankar would be disbarred from civil service for flouting the civil service code.
The probe crew believes the duo in one in every of their commute in one other nation will safe met with high accused Faisal Fareed who is now incarnated in Dubai Jail where the conspiracy of the gold smuggling modified into 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 where he met Swapna Suresh and both of them had returned by flight collectively to Kerala. Shivashankar’s October 2018 commute to UAE for fundraising for Kerala floods is additionally below the lens of Investigation crew.
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