ED to question Pinarayi’s top aide CM Raveendran on December 10

The Enforcement Directorate has issued a notice to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s additional private secretary C M Raveendran to appear before it on December 10, on the day of the second phase of the local body polls.

His interrogation will be based on the statements given by one of the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh, and would be related to the charge that influential sources in the Chief Minister’s Office had received illegal gratification in the grant of contracts for major infrastructure and welfare projects.

Raveendran’s interrogation also comes close on the heels of the ED seeking his and his wife’s property details from the Registration Department. The information has been sought from the district registrar generals of Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kannur. Official sources said the ED had also raided certain firms in Kozhikode and Kannur that allegedly has links to Raveendran.

This is the third time the ED is issuing a notice to Raveendran.