The phone of former IT secretary and principal secretary to the chief minister M Sivasankar has been taken into custody by customs. The phone was bought by customs officials during questioning on Tuesday night.
Shivshankar was in constant touch with some of the accused in the gold smuggling case. The customs team assessed that there was crucial evidence on the phone. The phone will be sent for expert examination. Customs have intensified the collection of evidence against M Shivashankar. Customs raided Shivshankar’s flat on suspicion of conspiracy.
Customs is not ready to give clean chit to Shivshankar even after nine hours of interrogation. The investigation center is a flat near the Secretariat. The main question is why Swapna and his team rented a room near Shiva Shankar’s flat. When it became clear that it was taken through Shivshankar, the customs raided for the second time.
It is learned that there are inconsistencies in the statement given by Shivashankar regarding the flat. These may be checked and then questioned again. Meanwhile, the NIA inspected the office of Infrastructure Limited, a government agency. Dream’s appointment documents and salary bills were checked.