BJP president K Surendran also alleges that two ministers in the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet have close links to gold smugglers
Youth Congress workers marched to the Cliff House - the official residence of the Chief Minister - demanding his resignation.
Sivasankar contacted Customs to clear gold-containing baggage, says ED arrest memo
The arrest came after 6-hour interrogation; officer charged with money laundering.
The messages unearthed by the investigators said to have indicated that former principal secretary Sivasankar was overseeing money transactions of Swapna Suresh.
The Chief Minister's Office is the den of all corrupt practices, he said.
The ED had informed the court that Sivasankar, was a “conspirator” and key accused while Swapna Suresh, the key accused was only a “pawn”.
Talking to reporters in Malappuram on Wednesday, Mullapally said Pinarayi should step down if he has an iota of and respect remaining.
He will be taken to the ED office in Kochi. His arrest would be registered by evening.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Tuesday seized 4.5kg of gold and arrested five persons, who belong to two different smuggling gangs, at the Kochi airport.
A number of state governments including Rajasthan, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra have already withdrawn the consent to the agency.
Kerala gold smuggling case: Rabins Hameed was involved in illegal business on various occasions, says NIA
Investigation had revealed that Rabins Hameed was involved in gold smuggling during 2013-14 and on various other occasions, it said in the affidavit.
A day after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on him, Chennithala shot back alleging that the Left government has become synonymous with gold smuggling
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) intercepted four passengers who arrived at the airport with 5.2kg of compound gold from Dubai on Sunday.
The gang involved in the smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel held its first conspiracy meeting inside a car in Thiruvananthapuram in May or June 2019.