Dud cheque case against Kerala politician Thushar Vellappally lifted in UAE
Kerala politician Thushar Vellappally.-KT file photo
Dubai - The Ajman Public Prosecution has dismissed the case for lack of any merit.
The Dh9-million dud cheque case against Kerala politician Thushar Vellappally has been dismissed and he is free to travel to India, his lawyer has said.
"The Ajman Public Prosecution has dismissed the case for lack of any merit. We will get the signed court order tomorrow (Monday)," a legal consultant from Khalid Al Zarooni advocates that represented Vellappally told Khaleej Times.
KT could not independently verify the order. Vellappally, a key ally of ruling Indian political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was arrested last month from a Dubai hotel based on a cheating case filed by Nazil Abdulla, 38.
The politician - who contested against the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad, Kerala, in the last Lok Sabha elections - was released after his friends and well-wishers paid Dh1 million for his bail.
After the hearing on Sunday, September 8, Vellappally said the case filed against him has been proved to be "false and baseless". "All the documents submitted by the complainant were fake. I was sure the case would be dismissed," said the politician. "I am thankful to the UAE's legal system and its leadership for this fair and fast judgement. If the case was in any other country, the verdict could have taken a lot longer." The complainant could not be reached for a comment.
According to Vellappally's lawyer, the travel ban on Vellappally has been lifted. "The only thing that is pending is the civil case and we are confident that it will be dismissed soon", he said.
Vellappally said he would push for legal action against Abdulla for "forging documents and tarnishing my reputation".