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How a gold-smuggling case is giving sleepless nights to Pinarayi Vijayan

Sivasankar's arrest is a big blow to the Vijayan government, which is set to face local-body polls this year and Assembly polls next year

M Sivasankar
M Sivasankar is expected to be close to not just Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan but also the CPI(M)

For the first time in Kerala, and probably in the rarest of rare cases, a top, sitting bureaucrat has been arrested on an issue related to national security. It was after more than three months of political war and investigation by multiple agencies that M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, was arrested this week by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money-laundering case linked to gold smuggling.   With this, the matter has now led to a big blow to the Vijayan government, which had been braving the anti-incumbency factor so far and was ...