Suspended Kerala PRD director surrenders in solar scam case

Suspended Kerala Public Relations Department (PRD) director A. Firoz surrendered before the police on Thursday in a cheating case registered against him four years ago in connection with the solar scam.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Sat 20 Jul 2013, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:49 PM

He turned up at the Medical College Police station in the state capital of Trivandrum minutes after his application for anticipatory bail was turned down by the High Court. Justice S.S. Satheeschandran, who heard his plea, had given him time up to Saturday to surrender to the investigating officials.

Firoz, who had gone underground after his plea for bail was rejected by the Trivandrum Sessions Court early this month, is being questioned.

He will be produced before the court on Friday. Firoz is the third accused in the case registered by the Trivandrum medical college police in 2009.

The charge against him was that he helped solar scam accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Sarita S. Nair dupe Salim M. Kabir, Managing Director of a building firm, of Rs4.2 million by introducing them as key officials of Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The police found that Firoz had received a sum of Rs500,000, two gold rings and a car as commission from the scamsters. The police investigation revealed that the former PRD director used to frequently contact the accused over the phone, send SMS and emails regarding their dealings.

The case pending against him did not affect his career. While the previous Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led government promoted Feroz as additional PRD director and the present government elevated him as director.

A report on his involvement in the criminal case was given to the general administration department (GAD) in November 2010 by then City Police Commissioner but the file went missing from the secretariat.

The file was recently found lying in the veranda of the GAD. The government has suspended senior grade assistant G Baiju in this connection.

Meanwhile, actress and dancer Shalu Menon, who is in judicial custody in connection with a case related to cheating a Non-resident Keralite at Trivandrum, has been remanded to police custody till 5 pm on Friday by the Perumbavoor Judicial First Class Magistrate.

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the solar scam sought her custody for questioning her along with the key accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Sarita S Nair. The actress is the third accused in the cheating case. The police have also registered a case against her for helping Biju escape. 

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