Thiruvananthapuram: Principle secretary M Shiv Shankar has been removed from the post in the wake of reports that he would be questioned by the Customs and enforcement Directorate over the gold smuggling case. Nir Muhammad IAS replaced shiv Shankar as Principal Secretary.
On Monday, the illegal nexus of Swapana Suresh, en employee at UAE Consulate, the key accused in the gold smuggling case has been raked up. Swapna Suresh is reported to have close relations with Principle Secretary Shiv Shankar. The Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged illegal association of the Chief Minister’s office with Swapana Suresh. Though Shiva Shankar’s name raked up in the recently raised Sprinkler controversy, he did not have faced any action and instead protected the principal secretary.