KPCC chief second accused in charge sheet in cheating case against antique dealer Mavunkal

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief K Sudhakaran has been made the second accused in a charge sheet filed by the Crime Branch wing of the police in a cheating case, in which the prime accused is controversial antique dealer Monson Mavunkal.
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief K Sudhakaran
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief K Sudhakaran

Kochi | Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief K Sudhakaran has been made the second accused in a charge sheet filed by the Crime Branch wing of the police in a cheating case, in which the prime accused is controversial antique dealer Monson Mavunkal.

A Crime Branch officer told PTI on Tuesday that Sudhakaran has been listed as the second accused in the charge sheet filed in court in a cheating case against Mavunkal in which he is accused of collecting Rs 25 lakh from a man in the presence of the KPCC chief.

The complainant had alleged that Mavunkal collected Rs 25 lakh from him for clearing procedures to obtain Rs 2,65,000 crore from the self-styled antique dealer's account in a foreign bank.

The complainant had also alleged that Sudhakaran was paid by Mavunkal.

The KPCC chief was arrested in the case on June 23, 2023, when he was called for questioning in the case.

However, he was immediately released on bail in accordance with the directions of the Kerala High Court.

The High Court had on June 21 last year asked Sudhakaran to appear before the Crime Branch on June 23, 2023, and said that in the event he was arrested in the case, he shall be released on bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the like amount.

The Congress on Tuesday strongly criticised the government for making Sudhakaran an accused in the case and alleged that the Left regime was using the police to "hunt" the opposition.

The Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, V D Satheesan, also said that the police tried to arrest the KPCC president secretly after calling him to take his statement, but the court intervened and stopped it.

Satheesan contended that everyone knows that Sudhakaran has no role in the case and said that the issue would be dealt with legally.

He alleged that there was a conspiracy to make the KPCC chief an accused in the case.

When the allegations cropped up against Sudhakaran around three years ago, he denied them.

The issue had snowballed into a political controversy as images of Mavunkal, along with Sudhakaran, emerged.

Sudhakaran had then said that he had gone to Mavunkal's residence for treatment, as the latter claimed to be a trained cosmetologist.

Mavunkal had allegedly made false representations about himself and his business to various people and collected money from them.

Many images of Mavunkal with senior police officers and bureaucrats of the state have surfaced.

Cherthala native Mavunkal, who claims to be in possession of rare and historic antiques, was arrested by the Crime Branch in September 2021.

He is facing charges of having swindled Rs 10 crore from several people.

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