Gold smuggling case: Many top officials involved in money laundering, says ED
Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate told the court that the questioning on black money transactions will not be limited to former principal secretary M Sivasankar, but will progress to many high-ranking officials in connection with the gold smuggling case.
The ED said it in an argument opposing the bail application of one of the main accused, Swapna Suresh.
The ED told the court that the foreign trips of gold smuggling case accused Swapna and her transactions there are under investigation.
Swapna while interrogation had told ED that the amount was gifted to her by a Thiruvananthapuram UAE Consulate official who got it as commission for the Life Mission project at Vadakkanchery. She said that it was Sivasankar’s chartered accountant who asked her to keep the money in the locker.
The representatives of the constitution company involved in the Vadakkanchery Life Mission project got access to meet the consulate representative only after Swapna received the commission amount and they were instructed to get in touch with Sivasankar, the ED said.