Kerala Gold Smuggling: Supreme Court Refuses To Stay High Court Order Granting Bail To Suspended Secretary M Sivasankar
The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay a Kerala High Court order granting bail to suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar in a money laundering case registered in connection with gold smuggling in the state.
A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and RS Reddy took note of the fact that the suspended Principal Secretary, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 28 last year, was already out on bail.
The bench, however, issued notice to Sivasankar on the appeal of the Enforcement Directorate against the high court's order granting bail to him.
During brief hearing conducted via video conferencing, the bench asked Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, representing ED, as to how the suspended bureaucrat was involved in the gold smuggling case.
"He was secretary of the Kerala government and had twice talked to custom officials, which is on record," the law officer said.
However, senior advocate Jaideep Gupta, appearing for Sivasankar, said the probe agency has found "no involvement" of the officer in the smuggling case.