Indian politician Thushar Vellapally jailed in Ajman cheque default case

Vellapally has reportedly been arrested for links to the now-defunct Boeing Constructions company in Ajman

Thushar Vellapally.
Manorama Online
Thushar Vellapally.

Thushar Vellapally – an Indian politician from the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena party and National Democratic Alliance candidate against Rahul Gandhi in the Wayanad constituency of the Indian General Election 2019, which was won by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – has reportedly been arrested and sent to Ajman Police Jail in relation to a bounced cheque worth $2.7m (AED10m) that was issued by his father Vellapally Natesan’s construction company Boeing Constructions a decade ago in the UAE emirate, with Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, now intervening in the matter.

According to Indian daily Mathrubhumi, a case against the dishonoured cheque was filed by Nazil Abdullah, who owned a construction company in Ajman that was subcontracted by Boeing Constructions.

The daily reported that Natesan sold the company following losses 10 years ago, but as the firm still owed money to Abdullah’s company at the time of its closure, a cheque was given to Abdullah for the payment.

Vellapally was arrested based on information provided by the complainants, the report stated, adding: “The case relates to this cheque which had not mentioned a date.”

CM Vijayan addressed a letter to India’s Minister of External Affairs, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to intervene and facilitate the release of Vellapally, who is also vice president of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, a social organisation in the state.

In the letter – shared by Indian daily Manorama Online in a Malayalam-language report – Vijayan said: “All possible help within the limits of law needs to be made available to [Vellapally].”

According to a report by UAE daily Khaleej Times, a local source said the case would “be cleared in a day or two”.

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