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Bangalore based industrialist seeks crime branch investigation

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Bangalore-based industrialist and planter M K Kuruvilla today approached the Kerala High Court seeking crime branch investigation into his complaint on cheating of over Rs one crore by three persons, including a man claiming to be a relative of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

The petitioner further alleged that police had not taken any action despite the Chief Minister's specific directions on Oct 17, 2012 to Director General of Police that the complaint was 'serious' and that immediate action should be taken against the persons concerned.

He also alleged he had been threatened that his family would be annihilated and his wife and daughter raped.

The DGP referred the complaint to Inspector General of Police (IGP), who in turn sent it to Deputy Commissioner. The DC sent it to Sub Inspector at nearby Thrikakkara.

Kuruvilla said the statement was received by a woman constable who allegedly made some changes in material particulars. When this was asked, the SI told him to 'keep quiet'.

Justice V K Mohanan, before whom the petition came up, posted the case to next Tuesday for preliminary hearing.

According to the petitioner, during 2011, he got acquainted with one Binu who claimed to be director of SCOSSA Educational Consultant Private Ltd at Kochi, who approached him for setting up a solar power project.

Binu said one of the directors, Andrews, is the Chief Minister's first cousin and would be appointed consultant and operate from Abu Dhabi for setting up the project, exercising his influence with the CM. He also named another director, Diljith, a youth Congress activist and said he was private secretary to the Chief Minister.

The complainant said he gave Rs 1.35 crore to the three persons. After the money was handed over, the trio did not answer his phone calls and allegedly threatened that his entire family would be annihilated.

Kuruvilla said he has also filed a complaint to the Chief Minister, following which the threats re-surfaced again.

He said he had also filed a complaint with Karnataka police and was now under their protection.

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First Published: Fri, July 19 2013. 20:20 IST