Thiruvananthapuram:  Former principal secretary to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and former IT secretary M Sivasankar has been suspended from service.

Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press meet that Sivasankar violated All India Service rules and added that the departmental probe against him will continue, said the CM.

Vijayan had appointed a two-member committee to investigate Sivasankar’s role in the Kerala gold smuggling case. The panel also examined allegations regarding the appointment of accused Swapna Suresh in a state government department’s project.

The decision was made based on the recommendations by a panel chaired by chief secretary Vishwas Mehta.

Mehta had earlier finalised a report that was forwarded to the state government recommending action against Sivasankar for violation of service rules of civil services and practising nepotism in making appointments in the IT department.

Following this report, the government ordered his suspension.

After Sivasankar's link with Swapna, the main accused, came to light, Sivasankar was removed from the posts of principal secretary to chief minister and IT secretary.