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Gold smuggling case: Enforcement Directorate summons Kerala CM’s addl private secy Raveendran

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today issued a fresh summon to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Additional Private Secretary CM Raveendran, as part of the investigation into the gold smuggling case, to appear before the authority on November 27.

Raveendran had been summoned by the ED on November 6, but that was cancelled by the ED after receiving information that Raveendran was infected with Covid-19. Raveendran had recently informed the probe agency that he has tested negative, but will remain quarantined at home till November 26. As per the notice Raveendran has been asked to appear before the agency the very next day after his quarantine period ends.

In this case, the bail petition of M. Shivshankar, former secretary of the Chief Minister’s Office, will be heard by the Kerala High Court on December 2. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is investigating the case.

The ED had earlier said that Swapna Suresh, the main accused in the smuggling case, had told that Shivshankar and his team in the Chief Minister’s Office were fully aware of the smuggling case.

The Chief Minister has been criticized by the opposition since the beginning of the case and it has been alleged that the smuggling racket was supported by the Chief Minister’s office.

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