The Enforcement Directorate has denied the allegations levelled by former Principal Secretary of Kerala Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO) M Sivasankar, an accused within the Kerala gold smuggling case, that the company had pressured him to call just a few political targets.
The ED made the rebuttal in an affidavit filed earlier than a principal periods court docket in Kochi on an affidavit filed by Sivasankar, by which he had alleged that he was pressurized to call just a few political targets of ED’s selection.
“The allegation concerning extortion or stress for extracting the names of sure political social gathering leaders is made with mala fide intention and is denied as false. Had he any such contentions or apprehension whereas he was in custody, he would have divulged it on the time or argument,” the financial offences watchdog submitted.
It mentioned that these allegations are solely an afterthought deliberately made to make false allegations in opposition to the investigating company.
Sivasankar had earlier submitted that he was pressurized to call just a few political targets, and added that when he refused to take action, he was arrayed as an accused within the cash laundering case associated to the Kerala gold smuggling case and was arrested.
Earlier, the ED had submitted that its investigation within the matter has clearly established the involvement of M Sivasankar within the gold smuggling and in addition added that the probe has additionally revealed that he’s concerned in receiving kickbacks within the LIFE Mission venture.
M Sivasankar is in judicial custody until November 26 in reference to the case. He was arrested by the ED on October 28.
The case, which is presently being probed by the ED, the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) and the Customs Division, pertains to the smuggling of gold within the state by diplomatic channels.