Fashion Gold scam: M. C. Kamaruddin granted bail in all cases; set to come out of prison on Thursday

By E. V. Jayakrishnan

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The probe has come to a standstill as the investigation officers have been transferred ahead of the Assembly polls.

M. C. Kamaruddin | Photo:|mckamaruddin

Kanhangad: The Hosdurg first class judicial magistrate court on Wednesday granted bail to M. C. Kamaruddin MLA, who is in the Fashion Gold deposit scam, in six more cases. With this, the MLA has secured bail in all 148 cases in which he was remanded.

Kamaruddin’s advocate P. K. Chandrasekharan said that the bail was granted on Wednesday evening. Hence, they could not complete the procedures. The advocate added that the procedures will be completed on Thursday.

Kamaruddin is yet to complete providing bonds at the Kasaragod Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in 13 cases. These procedures will also be completed on Thursday, said MLA's other lawyer K. Vinod Kumar. If the procedures in both courts are concluded on Thursday, the MLA could come out of Kannur Central Prison by Thursday evening.

However, the MLA will not be able to return to his home in Trikaripur. He can go to his constituency – Manjeswaram. As Kamaruddin cannot enter the police station limits where there are cases against him, the MLA will have to travel through hilly regions.

As many as 155 cases were registered in the Fashion Gold scam. Out of them 85 were registered at Chandera station, 6 at Bekal, 27 at Payyannur, 28 at Kasaragod town and 1 each in Kannur and Thalassery.

There are 7 more cases at various police stations in which arrests were not recorded. Hence, there are chances that more arrest warrants could be issued even if Kamaruddin comes out of prison, the MLA’s advocate said.

Until the other day, the total number of cases registered by police was 142. The Bekal police recorded his arrest in 6 cases a few days ago. M. C. Kamaruddin was arrested on November 7, 2020. Later a special investigation team took over the cases.

However, the probe has come to a standstill as the investigation officers were transferred ahead of the Assembly polls. Police sources said that in this situation, arrests in the remaining cases are unlikely to happen soon.

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