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Suspended PRD director A Firoz surrenders

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Thiruvananthapuram: A. Firoz, suspended Director of Information and Public Relations and an accused in a cheating case registered in connection with the solar scam, has surrendered.

Firoz surrendered at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College police station here after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the high court on Thursday. He is the third accused in a cheating case registered by the Thiruvananthapuram medical college police in 2009.

A bench headed by Justice S.S. Satheeschandran rejected his plea accepting the arguments of prosecution who opposed the bail saying that the probing team needed to question Firoz to know if he had played any role in any other cases related to the solar scam.

The High Court had earlier slammed the police for not arresting Firoz. The court asked the prosecutor why the police were delaying his arrest. The court pointed out that the police did not arrest him when he was recently admitted to a hospital and wanted to know why he was evading arrest.

The charge against the petitioner was that he had introduced Biju Radhakrishnan and Sarita S. Nair as senior strategic adviser to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and chartered accountant respectively to Salim M. Kabir, managing director of a building firm. The petitioner promised to arrange a loan for Mr. Kabir.

Biju came to acquaint himself with Firoz at Kerala House, New Delhi, when the latter was working as the Public Relations Officer there. The petitioner had introduced several people to Biju and Sarita with the intention of cheating them by falsely guaranteeing them bank loans, the prosecution argued.

Firoz had demanded commission for introducing people and the accused had given Rs 5 lakh to him from the amount misappropriated from Salim, gifted two gold rings to his wife and also a car, the prosecution charged.

The investigation revealed that Firoz used to frequently contact the accused over the phone, send SMS and emails regarding their dealings. There were eye-witnesses to prove Firoz’s nexus with Biju and Sarita and their frequent meetings in Thiruvananthapuram.

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