CHENNAI, Jan. 9 -- K Iyyappan, assistant secretary to Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly P Sreeramakrishnan, is being questioned by the Customs Department at Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

Though Sreeramakrishnan tried all 'weapons' in his armoury to prevent the Customs officials from summoning his assistant secretary, the legal advisors of the department told the former 'point blank' that there were no provisions in the rule book which made Iyyappan above the law.

Sreeramakrishnan's contention was that any staff members of the Speaker's office could be questioned by the agency only with his permission.

"We told the Speaker that even he could be summoned for questioning," said a senior Customs official. The assistant secretary is bein...