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Sunday, 24 October 2021 8.22 PM IST

Sivasankar in ED custody for six more days; admits to have given details of govt’s projects to Swapna

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KOCHI: The Enforcement custody of M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to the chief minister, has been extended for six more days. The ED requested the court to extend his custody based on the evidences obtained against him. He informed the court that he was not tortured in their custody and got enough rest.

The ED told the court that Sivasankar has admitted to have given Swapna the full details of government projects. The details of Life Mission and K Phone projects were handed over to Swapna. They informed the court that the details were sent to her Whatsapp.

The accused in the gold smuggling case are involved in projects including Life Mission. Swapna passed the information to companies including UNITAC and she in turn got commission from them.

The ED told the court that Life Mission and gold smuggling are connected when asked whether they could probe the Life Mission case. Sivasankar’s lawyer argued that Life Mission case and ED case are not connected.

In the affidavit filed in the court, the ED had asserted that Sivasankar has connections with other main accused of gold smuggling case. The ED has found that Sivasankar has ties with Khalid, consulate employee.

The ED said Sivasankar did not divulge his connection with Khalid in the beginning and told them that it was the latter who got the commission from UNITAC. The ED is of the stand that Sivasankar is trying to mislead the probe.

The ED is planning to question P S Raveendran, additional private secretary of the chief minister, along with Sivasankar tomorrow. Raveendran has been summoned by the ED on suspicion of providing unwarranted assistance to Uralungal, including projects in the IT department.

Raveendran’s role in many dealings will also be probed. A notice has been issued to Adithya Narayana Rao, MD of Pennar Industries in Hyderabad, to appear in Kochi tomorrow. Rao had got the Life Mission contract on Wadakancherry model. This contract was given making Swapna as an intermediary.

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