Kochi: Kerala Government on Wednesday suspended M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, from service for his links with the accused in gold smuggling case.
The action was based on the recommendations of a panel comprising Chief Secretary Viswas Mehta and Additional Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar Singh.
Enforcement Directorate, represented by Additional Solicitor General of India S V Raju, argued that the investigation so far has given reasons to believe that Sivasankar was aware of the activities of Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case.
Senior advocate P Vijayabhanu, who appeared for Sivasankar, argued that his client has been cooperating well with the investigative agencies.
“Despite being questioned for 90 hours, the investigators could not find any incriminating evidences against Sivasankar”, he said.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress activists staged a protest in front of the ED office and destroyed the barricades that were set up in front of the office by police.