Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: Pinarayi Vijayan's Close Aide Admitted To Hospital Hours After Receiving ED Summons
Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: Pinarayi Vijayan's Close Aide Admitted To Hospital Hours After Receiving ED Summons Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (PTI)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's close aide CM Ravindran was admitted to the state-run Medical College Hospital here on Wednesday afternoon, a couple of hours after the ED directed him to appear before agency officials at its Kochi office on Friday for questioning in the gold smuggling case.

According to information, Ravindran complained of uneasiness before he was admitted in the city hospital. It now remains to be seen if he would travel to Kochi, about 220 km from here, for Enforcement Directorate questioning.

Posted as an Assistant Private Secretary to the Chief Minister, Ravindran is a CPI-M nominee. Even Vijayan has acknowledged in recent times that Ravindran is known to him for several years.

Incidentally, it is for the second time that the ED notice has been served on Ravindaran. The notice was served early this month also, but Ravindran tested coronavirus positive and hence could not appear before the ED.

The notice was served as gold smuggling case prime accused Swapna Suresh's alleged links with Ravindran have surfaced.

Soon after Vijayan's Principal Secretary and senior IAS official M Sivasankar was arrested last month by the ED, reports had surfaced that the next person on the ED radar would be Ravindran.

Ravindran was on the personal staff of Balakrishnan in 2006-11, when he was the Home Minister in VS Achuthanandan government. When Vijayan took over as Chief Minister in 2016, Ravindran wielded major clout.

The story has been published via a syndicated feed, only the headline has been changed

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement