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Kerala HC commands ED not to arrest Sivasankar until 23 October 2020 in Money Laundering Case

Lawstreet Journal 16 Oct 2020 7:06pm

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The Kerala High Court on Thursday (October 15, 2020) directed the Enforcement Directorate not to arrest M Sivasankar, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, till October 23 in a money laundering case. The case was registered by the ED in connection with the abuse of diplomatic channels to smuggle gold.

On a petition filed by the IAS officer requesting anticipatory bail, the court passed the interim directive. SV Raju, Additional Solicitor General of India, who appeared on behalf of the ED, said that Sivasankar had not been involved in the case to date. His fear of an ED arrest was, in fact, ill-founded. This was a significant case involving the smuggling of gold worth a large sum and it was not possible to rule out the involvement of powerful persons in the case.

Sivasankar 's attorney stated that the ED had sent him a notice directing him to produce a photo of the passport and a copy of the Aadhar card in person or via an approved person on October 14, which he did. Subsequently, the ED gave him another notice warning him that failure to appear before the inquiry would be viewed as non-cooperation. The prosecutor argued that the department had unnecessarily threatened the complainant. The petitioner was willing to cooperate with the investigation and he did not have any intention to flee from the clutches of law.

In response to the anticipatory bail petition, the court also directed the ED to file a detailed affidavit, posting the case on October… Continue Reading...

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