The Crime Branch (CB) of the State police has issued a lookout notice for United Nurses Association (UNA) president Jasmin Shah and three of his associates with a case relating to misappropriation of funds.
Earlier, the Crime Branch had declared Jasmin Shah, who is on the run, as a fugitive from the law. The other accused in the case are UNA State president Shoby Joseph and association employees Nidhin Mohan and Jithu. The CB case was that the four accused had siphoned off large sums of money from the monthly levy collected from thousands of nurses across Kerala. The suspects had fudged records and wire-transferred funds for their private purposes. The Crime Branch notice, which was issued in various newspapers in Kerala on Thursday, states that the four accused have been residing in various places and under different names.
Mr. Shah had shot into fame after he successfully spearheaded a series of agitations to improve the working conditions and wages of nurses in private hospitals across the country. State Police Chief Loknath Behera had in March ordered the CB to find if there was any merit in the allegation that Mr. Shah had appropriated ₹3 crore from the association. The organisation’s vice-president Sibi Mukesh had raised the allegation in a petition submitted to Mr. Behera.
Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch, S. Sreejith, is heading the probe.