Thushar Vellappally, Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) President was on Wednesday arrested in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates over a cheque default case.
The BDJS chief was picked by the BJP to fight against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Kerala’s Wayanad in the Lok Sabha elections.
Vellappally was reportedly arrested after a cheque of Rs 19 crore that he had given to his business partner of a construction firm 10 years back bounced. He has been remanded to Ajman central prison.
Acting on a complaint lodged by Nassil Abdullah, a Kerala businessman based in Ajman, Thushar Vellappally was held in connection with the cheque bounce.
Thushar, son of Vellappally Nateshan, General Secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, Ezhava outfit in Kerala, had started a construction company 15 years ago.
Sources said the loss-making company was sold 10 years back, but never paid dues to contractors and even cheques given to Abdullah bounced.
As per sources close to Vellappally, Nassil Abdullah invited Thushar Vellappally for negotiations to Ajman. Abdullah, meanwhile, lodged a complaint against Thushar following which the police arrested him from the hotel he was staying and took him into custody.
Efforts to release him are on. Media reports suggest that the cheque bouncing case involving a Malayali petitioner is around 10 years old. The dishonoured cheque was handed over to the partner when Thushar’s debt-ridden-business in Ajman was dissolved. The Ajman Police however, has not released any information on the arrest. Ajman is an emirate in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Thushar had contested against former Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad constituency as the candidate of BDJS, an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.