Kerala’s former IT Principal Secretary M Sivasankar appears before NIA for interrogation

South India

If Sivasankar is booked in the case, it will be a major setback for the LDF government led by Vijayan and it will intensify the demand for his resignation

Kerala’s former Information Technology Principal Secretary M Sivasankar has reached the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Kochi on Monday morning for further interrogation.

Sivasankar, who was the secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as well, will be questioned in connection with the sensational gold smuggling case at Thiruvananthapuram in early June.

This is for the second time, Sivasankar is being questioned by the NIA in connection with the case. On July 23, he was interrogated for around five hours in Thiruvananthapuram apparently searching for his links with the other accused in the gold smuggling case.

If Sivasankar is booked in the case, it will be a major setback for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by Vijayan. It will intensify the demand for his resignation.

The former IT principal secretary was suspended following the allegations of his suspected links with the accused in the case – PS Sarith, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair.

The two other prime accused in the case are Rameez and Faisal Fareed, who is in UAE now and the agency has been trying to bring him back to India.

Sivasankar denied to have any links with the gold smuggling case and said that he had only ‘friendship’ with Swapna. He pleaded ignorance if she utilized her connection with the top IAS officer of the state for the smuggling activities.

It was reported that he did not answer certain questions of the NIA in connection with a few of his foreign trips.

It was also alleged that Swapna was posted in the Space Park project on a top position last year following the suggestion of the IAS officer. Before this job, she was the secretary to the Consulate General of the UAE in the state capital.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by Vijayan is in real trouble ever since his name cropped up in the case. The main Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) and the BJP have already demanded the resignation of Vijayan on moral grounds keeping in view the allegations against his trusted officer Sivasankar.

On Sunday, in an interview to a news channel, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala dared the chief minister to face a judicial probe into the case.

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