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Former Kerala principal secretary gets bail in dollar smuggling case

Former Kerala principal secretary M Sivasankar will walk out of jail after 98 days

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: February 4, 2021 2:15:38 am
M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, steps out of the Kochi district jail after his release on bail on Wednesday. (Express photo by Nitin RK)

Ninety-eight days after he was arrested by the ED and Customs in mutiple cases related to the gold smuggling episode, senior Kerala IAS officer M Sivasankar was released on bail on Wednesday.

The Additional Judicial Magistrate Court (Economic Offences), Ernakulam, granted bail to Sivasankar, former principal secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in the Customs case pertaining to the smuggling of dollar currency out of the country. Earlier, he had obtained bail in other cases registered by the Customs and ED.

While granting bail, the court said: “The offence alleged against the petitioner is serious in nature that requires intensive probe. The conjoint scanning of the statements of the other accused, would spell out that petitioner has sufficient knowledge with regard to the smuggling of foreign currencies perpetrated with the help of prime accused…’’

However, the court said that the custody of the petitioner is no longer essential and hence he was granted bail with strict conditions.

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