In a bid to outsmart the BJP, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has reportedly dashed off a letter to the External Affairs Minister seeking his intervention after BDJS leader Thushar Vellappally was arrested in Ajman in the UAE on Tuesday in connection with a cheque bounce case.
Thushar, son of SNDP leader Vellappally Natesan, was the BJP-led NDA candidate in Wayanad against Rahul Gandhi in the recent Lok Sabha election. Even before the BJP could make a move on the leader of its NDA partner, Pinarayi, with his allegiance to Natesan, who was in the forefront of the much-hyped Woman Wall early this year, has sought the ministry's help for quick release of the accused who has been sent to the Ajman Central Jail.
Political circles have been baffled by Pinarayi's move as Thushar has been arrested in connection with a dishonoured cheque of 10 million Dirham around Rs 20 crore) given by around 10 years ago to Thrissur native Nazil Abdullah, now based in Ajman. He was a subcontractor of Vellappally Natesan's construction firm Boeing Constructions in Ajman. After the company went into a big loss, Natesan sold it off 10 years ago. Nazil was given a cheque for 10 million dirhams with no date on it which has now been dishonoured. Incidentally, Thushar's is not the first case of a cheque fraud, especially when the slowdown has seen several, including Keralites, land in jail.
According to reports from Dubai, Natesan is said to have contacted several top businessmen in the Gulf to settle the issue. Surprisingly, two years ago, CPIM politburo member and party Kerala state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Binoy Kodiyeri was arrested in Dubai in connection with a financial fraud. There was no similar request made officially though the matter was settled in no time. Incidentally, Binoy recently has turned an accused in a rape case that has its roots in Dubai.