3 get bail in Shamna Kasim blackmail case; producer who impersonated quizzed
Kochi: Three accused in the case of blackmailing and attempt to extort money from actress Shamna Kasim, have been granted bail. Aboobacker, Haris (brother of first accused) and Sarath were granted bail by Ernakulam magistrate court. The bail was granted on conditions of Rs 1 lakh on two-person security. The court directed the accused to be present in front of investigating official on Mondays and to surrender their passports.
Meanwhile, police questioned Raju Thomas, who had visited Shamna’s house impersonating as a film producer. He had arrived at Shamna’s house under the name Johny and said that the actress had asked him to visit. However, Shamna denied that she inviting him to the house. Following this, he showed her parents some messages allegedly sent by the actress asking him to visit.
This had been recorded in Shamna’s statement.
Police assume more women are involved in the case. It is believed that the wife of the key accused had impersonated as the groom’s mother.
The statement of TikTok entertainer Yasir was recorded the other day. The gang attempted fraud using his pictures and videos. However, he denied any links to the gang.
Till date 10 accused have been arrested in the case.