Kerala chief minister’s further private secretary C M Raveendran, who was essential to seem ahead of Enforcement Directorate in connection with the gold smuggling case, got himself admitted to a hospital for what he claimed as post-Covid remedy.
On the preceding occasion, when he was summoned for deposition, he told ED he was down with Covid. He was served a second notice by ED following his reported discharge from hospital and a additional period of observation.
Raveendran is carrying out precisely what M Sivasankar, the CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s former principal secretary, had performed when the agency had attempted to arrest him. The suspended bureaucrat complained of sudden illness when he was getting escorted to the ED workplace in Kochi and asked that he be admitted to a private hospital in the state capital, exactly where, it turned out that his wife operates as a physician.
When health-related tests on him showed that he had no heart challenges, as he had complained, Sivasankar claimed that he had a significant back discomfort challenge – it was identified he had routine back troubles. But the wily Sivasankar got himself admitted to an Ayurvedic hospital, though he was arrested from there.
Swapna Suresh, the prime suspect in the gold smuggling, revealed other senior functionaries in the CM’s workplace also had expertise about the smuggling operation. Raveendran is identified to be the important hyperlink amongst the CM and Sivasankar. Meanwhile, Customs was permitted custody of Sivasankar for five days for his additional interrogation immediately after he was integrated as an accused in the case.