New Delhi: Kerala Police has not yet transferred to National Investigation Agency (NIA) the suspicious case against Arun P. Ravindran of Kottayam, for posing as defence scientist.
The pressure from prominent BJP leaders including the union ministers is learnt to be the reason behind the reluctance to transfer the case. The police had recovered a fake identity card of Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) from the accused. Arun was arrested by Koduvally Police in May.
Arun, posturing as a scientist of DRDO, was a frequenter in the residences of the union ministers and the Sangh Parivar centres in Delhi. He was arrested while acting as mediator between prominent BJP leaders and union ministers. Hence, the BJP leaders and journalists who were in touch with the accused are pressing hard to cover up the case.
Arun sneaked away to Kerala from Delhi in November 2019 after realising that some of the scams he was involved in would come to light and would be caught in Delhi. The official residence of union minister, the headquarters of the Minority Commission, Kerala house and offices of BJP’s Malayalam media were the regularly frequented places of the fraudster.
A nurse of AIIMS Delhi, who lost Rs. 5 lakh to Arun after an offer of marriage, had lodged a complaint with Kerala Police for fraud. Several journalists were also tricked by him.
A journalist had given Rs. 2 lakh to arrange a central government job and another journalist’s camera was stolen.
Though the court had extended his remand for 14 days twice, Kerala Police has not yet taken action to take him into custody and charge cases in the issues which affect national security.
The Kerala Police has not approached Delhi police in connection with the probe nor take him to Delhi for investigation or collecting evidence.