HC seeks government opinion on Shalu’s plea

Published: 17th July 2013 10:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2013 10:59 AM   |  A+A-

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the view of the state government on the bail petition filed by actress Shalu Menon, who is the second accused in a cheating case in connection with the solar scam.

Justice S S Satheesachandran issued the order and posted the hearing of the case to Friday.

Shalu Menon was arrested from her house in Changanassery following a complaint by a resident of Thiruvananthapuram.

The Thiruvananthapuram Judicial First Class Magistrate court had dismissed the bail plea.

According to Shalu Menon, she had been falsely implicated in the case. The prosecution case is that the petitioner was funded by first accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Shalu had allegedly used her fame to help Biju to promote his illegal business. She contended that the investigation in the case, so far as it related to her, was complete and her continued detention was unnecessary.

Meanwhile a Division Bench comprising Justice S Siri Jagan and Justice K Ramakrishnan sought the view of the state government on a petition by P Selvaraj, of Changanassery, complaining of police harassment in view of his having entered into an agreement with Shalu Menon for selling his property.

Selvaraj said that Shalu Menon had paid him an advance of Rs 7 lakh.

The police are now asking him to return the same, but he says he is in no position to raise the amount in such a short span of time. Though he had appealed to the higher authorities against threats by the police, no action had been taken, Selvaraj said.

The petitioner feared that he would be unnecessarily summoned and harassed by police.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case by one week.

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