CM intervenes to release Thushar Vellappally; sends letter to Centre
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has intervened for the release of Thushar Vellappally who has been arrested in Ajman in connection with a cheque fraud case. The chief minister has requested in a letter sent to the Union Minister for External Affairs S. Jayashankar to ensure legal help and medical aid for Thushar.
Though Thushar was arrested in a personal case, the chief minister intervened in the issue considering its social relevance as Thushar represents a political party and community organisation. Thushar Vellappally has been in Ajman jail for two days. He was arrested in connection with a bounced cheque case.
Efforts are being made to release Thushar from the jail. Discussions for an out of court settlement are progressing. Thushar claimed that he was cheated and was trapped in the case. The help of some prominent businessmen in UAE including M. A. Yusuff Ali has been sought to release Thushar.
BJP leadership also are taking interest in the case as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Abu Dhabi on Friday for an official programme. So, they are trying to avoid a leader of the BJP ally being in jail there. If he is not granted bail on Thursday, he will have to spend two more days in prison.
Cheque bouncing case against Thushar was filed by Nazil Abdullah, a Thrissur native settled in Ajman, two days before. He was called to a hotel in Ajman from Kerala to hold a negotiation meeting on the cheque issue. During the discussion, Thushar was arrested by the police based on the information given by the complainants.