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Kerala: Sivasankar arrested in currency smuggling circumstance | Kochi News

KOCHI: Commissionerate of customs (preventive) probing the currency smuggling by means of Thiruvananthapuram international airport on Thursday recorded the arrest of M Sivasankar, previous principal secretary to the main minister, who was earlier arrested in the controversial gold smuggling circumstance.
Customs officials frequented Kakkanad district jail, where Sivasankar is lodged, to document the arrest, which was allowed by additional main judicial magistrate (economic offences) court docket on Thursday. The case is that Egyptian countrywide Khaled Ali Shoukry, a former personnel of the UAE consulate, smuggled international currency with assist from Suresh and Sarith though travelling from Thiruvananthapuram to Muscat in August 2019.
Customs will shortly tactic the courtroom looking for Sivasankar’s custody for interrogation. He has been arraigned as fourth accused in the situation soon after Suresh, Sarith and Khaled.
In the meantime, Customs summoned two extra folks to the Kochi place of work on Thursday and questioned them based on revelations of gold smuggling case crucial accused Swapna Suresh, resources stated. One particular of them, a Ponnani native, is a mate of assembly speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, and the other human being is the founder of an educational institution in Muscat and also owns colleges in India, resources included.
Customs is on the lookout into Suresh’s statements about large-profile people applying SIM cards registered in a further person’s identify and has been switched off since the gold smuggling was busted, sources explained.
The man, who runs the educational institutions, was questioned centered on details that Suresh and Sivasankar realized him. Customs suspect that Suresh and co-accused Sarith P S visited him in Muscat in August 2019.