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Shalu Menon remanded in judicial custody till Monday

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Saturday remanded actor Shalu Menon in judicial custody till Monday.

Shalu was produced before the court at around 1 p.m. The actor has been remanded at the Women's Prison, Attakulangara, in Thiruvananthapuram.

The court will consider the police’s plea seeking custody of Shalu Menon on Monday.

Shalu was arrested on Friday based on a statement by one Rasique Ali, one of the persons duped by the con couple Saritha S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan. Rasique, a resident of the state capital, registered a complaint against Shalu Menon, saying she had accompanied Biju Radhakrishnan when he took Rs.20 lakh from the complainant.

Salu Menon was picked up from her home at Changanassery near Kottayam on Friday. Later, the special investigation team headed by ADGP Hemachandran questioned her.

Shalu Menon, highly connected politically and a popular film personality in the State, had managed to evade the police ever since news of the scam first broke.

However, a Thrissur court Thursday instructed the police to register a case against Shalu Menon for her alleged involvement with a couple against whom many cases of cheating have been filed.

After collecting large sums from investors in the name of a company called Team Solar, the couple - Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan - would fail to deliver the solar panels.

On complaints from numerous people of cheating, the couple was arrested by police last month.

Shalu Menon's links with the couple became evident after it was found that she had offered Radhakrishnan her car to get out of the state. She had also given the man her mobile phone to use while he was on the run.

Radhakrishnan was arrested from Coimbatore, and Shalu Menon's mobile phone was recovered from him.

The team investigating the case had summoned Menon and her mother, and the actress had claimed that she had no role at all in the scam.

Images of Menon and Radhakrishnan attending a meeting of the solar panel company also appeared in the media. Reports also surfaced that Radhakrishnan had given a good amount of the money to Menon, and also purchased expensive gifts for her.

Meanwhile, the Left opposition was up in arms against state Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, alleging that he had been protecting the actress, as the minister was seen attending the house-warming function of a grand house that Menon had constructed near here.

TV channels showed top political leaders in attendance at the house-warming function.

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