Dubai/Thiruvananthapuram: Baiju Gopalan, son of business honcho Gokulam Gopalan, is presently lodged in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) jail for forging documents. The UAE authorities have enforced a travel ban on him in a cheque dishonour case after which he is unable to travel out of the Emirates.
Complaint was filed by Baiju Gopalan’s former business partner and Tamil Nadu native Ramani. Baiju had decided to buy a hotel chain and a clinic in UAE owned by Ramani. Documentation process of this business deal led to his arrest. Baiju had handed over money and bank cheques to Ramani for the business deal. Ramani filed a complaint showing a bank cheque of 2 crore Dirham (nearly Rs 39.5 crores) given by Baiju had bounced.
Two weeks back, however, Baiju Gopalan was caught by officials at the Oman-UAE border when he was trying to leave the country by road.
With the immigration officials finding his documents to be suspect, he was taken into custody by the Oman Police and was handed over to the UAE authorities. He is now lodged in a jail in Al-Ain city.
Gokulam Gopalan, Chairman and MD of Gokulam group and father of Baiju Gopalan said that the arrest of his son was a deceit. Complaint filed by Ramani UAE is a revenge taken for filing a complaint against Ramani in Chennai, he added. He is now in the UAE trying to secure bail for his son.
Compromise talks are undergoing in Dubai and Chennai. Since the court in UAE is on holiday for three days from Friday, the case will be heard only on September 2 or 3.
This development comes at a time when Gokulam Gopalan's business rival Vellapally Natesan's son, Tushar Vellapally, is also facing a travel ban in the UAE in a cheque dishonour case. He is currently out of jail on bail.
(with inputs from IANS)