Mediation talks to settle dues that BDJS chief and SNDP leader Thushar Vellappally owes to a sub-contractor in the UAE appeared to have reached a dead end.
Thushar, who is on bail in a case of dishonoured cheque for nearly 10,000 dirhams, had been trying for an out-of-court settlement. However, the matter came up for hearing today in a court in Ajman, according to reports from the UAE. Thrissur native and Ajman-based sub-contractor Nazil Abdulla told the court that the amount offered by Thushar was not acceptable. He said he had demanded the full amount owed to him.
He had been given a cheque 10 years ago which was now dishonoured. On Thushar's claim that it was a stolen cheque, the court asked him why he did not raise the matter then.
Nazil was a subcontractor of the construction firm owned by Thushar. However, Thushar closed down his firm when the business fell into red. For the money he owed Nazil, a cheque was said to have offered then.
Thushar was arrested on Tuesday and got bail with the intervention of NRI businessman MA Yusuff Ali. However, his passport was held back by the authorities.
Surprisingly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan dashed off a letter to the External Affairs Ministry seeking his intervention. This has kicked up a row as Pinarayi decided to stand with an accused who was also the BJP-led NDA candidate against Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad during the recent Lok Sabha election.
With the matter in the court, Thushar may not be able to leave the UAE till the matter is settled.