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Kerala HC rejects plea to quash FIR against SNDP chief

IANS  |  Kochi 

Powerful supremo on Wednesday suffered a major setback when the High Court dismissed his plea seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him over alleged fraud and financial misappropriation in a microfinance scheme.

The court also directed that the case be probed by an IPS officer of "impeccable integrity".

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Besides that, Natesan is the of the Bharath Dharma (BDJS), a political outfit run by his son which is the second-biggest constituent of the (BJP)-led in the state.

It was in 2016 that the Vigilance Department filed the FIR against him for committing fraud and financial misappropriation in the microfinance programme run by the SNDP.

Of the five people named as accused in the FIR, Natesan is the first. One of the accused was discharged by the high court on Wednesday.

While dismissing Natesan's petition, the court also came down heavily on the Vigilance Department as it filed only a sketchy chargesheet, and directed that the should ensure that an with impeccable integrity probed the case.

Incidentally, in 2016, former had approached the in person and submitted a petition against Natesan, alleging that he had committed large-scale diversion of funds meant to be given at low rates of interest to beneficiaries under the microfinance scheme.

Acting upon the petition, the court had ordered a vigilance probe.



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:28 IST