Urban District Secretary of AITUC, Madurai, K Kathiresan had submitted that the appointment order issued to Rajendran on June 30, 2017 had been obtained by fraudulent means.
While Ramanna, Saravanan and others appeared in the morning, the minister’s visit to CBI office at Shastri Bhavan was kept under wraps.
The judge also dismissed as withdrawn two more advance bail pleas, one from P Senthil Murugan, a Food Safety officer and N K Pandian, Superintendent in Central Excise department.
A CBI spokesman told Express on Thursday that Sheoran was an Assistant Director in the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) when the scam allegedly happened.
There are corruption charges against Health Minister C. Vijayabhaskar in the gutka scam and S P Velumani, who is accused of awarding government contracts to benami companies.
The police seized around 50 kg banned tobacco products and gutka worth Rs 75,000, from Kancheepuram on Wednesday.
The gutka scam came to light on July 8, 2017.
All accused in the gutka scam case have been sent to the CBI custody for four days. An order to this effect was passed by the Principal Special Court for CBI cases here on Monday.
George said during a hurriedly-convened press conference at his residence on Friday.
The five arrests constitute the first breakthrough in the case which was handed over to the CBI by the Madras High Court.
While the gutka scam has been hitting the headlines, the Chennai police arrested three men for smuggling the banned tobacco products in a private bus from Bengaluru to Chennai on Thursday.
The opposition parties on Thursday urged the ministers and top officials, alleged to be involved in the scam, to step down until the completion of the probe.
The court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation probe following a petition filed by DMK legislator J Anbazhagan.