Kerala leader caught in UAE for fraud
Kerala politician Thushar Vellappally, head of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), who was arrested in a cheque default case in the UAE on Wednesday, secured bail on Thursday. The BDJS is a key ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.
Speaking to the media soon after getting bail, Vellapally said this is a fraudulent case filed against him based on a cheque which is more than a decade old.
“I reached here on August 20 for a few meetings. Before leaving from Kerala, I got a call asking me if I was willing to sell a piece of land that I own here. I said it can be discussed. When I was in the hotel, two CID’s came and said that I have been arrested. He did not tell me any reason,” said Vellapally, who is the convenor of the Kerala unit of the NDA.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Vellapally contested against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad constituency.
He said: “This case was filed by a person with whom I had a sub-contracting agreement, a decade ago, when I owned a business here. At present, I do not have any business here.