Decoding Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: How It All Started And Who Is Behind It? | News Unlocked

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IAS officer M Sivasankar, who was sacked as principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, appeared before customs officials in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday after being summoned in connection with the sensational gold smuggling case.
The Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) is probing whether Sivasankar, also removed as IT secretary, had used his office to provide any help to the key accused Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair and Sarith.The Customs had seized the gold, weighing over 30 kg and valued at around Rs 15 crore on July 5.
The government had removed Sivasankar as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and also IT Secretary after allegations surfaced that he had links with the woman accused in the case related to the attempt to smuggle gold through diplomatic baggage using the name of a person in the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.
The National Investigation Agency has been entrusted with the probe into the Kerala gold smuggling case by the Centre. The agency has claimed that the gold smuggled in Kerala scam was probably meant to fund terror activities.
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