Maradu flats case: Court remands arrested builder, officials for three days
Kochi: The builder and two officials who were arrested the other day in connection with the illegal construction of the Maradu flats in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules, were remanded for three days by the court. Sani Francis, MD of Holy Faith Builders, former Maradu Panchayat Secretary Mohammed Ashraf and P. E. Joseph, Junior Superintendent were remanded. The Muvattupuzha Vigilance Court will consider the bail plea of P. E. Joseph three days later.
The remand report submitted by the crime branch specified the involvement of the officers in the construction of the flats. Although they were well aware of the violation of CRZ Act, they favoured the construction. The report also stated that the second and third accused helped in violating law for construction and destroyed or hid valuable documents in connection with the case.
‘The manufacturers and officials cheated the buyers of the flat. The accused should not be granted bail for breach of trust, ’ the report held.
The crime branch pointed out in the report that as the accused are politically and economically influential, they could tamper with evidence or manipulate the case, if released on bail.