Sivasankar was arrested in the gold smuggling case and was in jail for 98 days.
Ajithkumar was one of the officers whose names were widely doing the rounds to be appointed as Sakhare’s replacement.
The state has also added that the transfer will result in casting aspersions on the independence of the Kerala judiciary.
Striking on the maintainability of the transfer plea, the state has said that the prosecuting agency cannot seek transfer during the pendency of the PMLA case before Special Court, Ernakulam.
The ED contended that there had been concentrated efforts by the state machinery to thwart and derail the investigation under PMLA.
Another ground on which transfer was sought by the central agency was that the state machinery was interfering in the probe at every stage.
The court said that in the instant case the explanation offered by the police for the leak of the top-secret communication to the accused was "not at all satisfactory".
ED alleged in its plea that there is a close nexus between the accused and top officials and functionaries of the Kerala government.
The Opposition trooped to the well of the House in protest and later boycotted Assembly proceedings after its demand, raised by Leader of the Opposition VD Satheesan through a submission, was rejected
The state government on Monday informed the Kerala High Court that gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh had hatched a conspiracy with some tainted people to cause a riot in the state.
Khuba, who is also in charge of Kerala, told mediapersons that the government is dividing people on various lines and encouraging elements like Popular Front.
Ever since HRDS India employed Swapna Suresh four months ago, it had been hounded by the police, revenue, and other investigation agencies like never before, said the secretary of the NGO.
A day after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan replied to Opposition queries regarding the 2020 gold smuggling case in the assembly, key accused Swapna Suresh claimed that he was lying to the public.
While the fifth session is scheduled to conclude only on July 27, it remains to be seen whether Speaker M B Rajesh will be forced to reduce the number of days if the Opposition protest turns stormy.
The order handing over the case to the special team has been issued and the investigation will soon be taken over by the 12-member team.
Swapna's affidavit says shipments were imported through consulates in other states too.
Swapna’s affidavit said the CM requested the UAE consul-general to have a one-on-one meeting with the Sharjah ruler during his visit to Kerala.
Poor journos (including the author) are left with no option but to scan each of these. Some so-called intellectuals may term it silly.
The CMO released a video of Pinarayi's old press briefings explaining his acquaintance with the controversial woman.
The attack took place at 1.30 am at the Congress committee office in Ambalathukulangara. The windows of the office were smashed in the attack using a steel bomb.