A case of assault was filed against NRI business man and Padma Shri awardee TA Sundar Menon by the Thrissur police on Monday. The case was taken after an MBA student named Parvathy Venugopal complained that Menon had barged into her house and assaulted her.
In her complaint given to the Thrissur East Police, Parvathy has stated that Sundar Menon, a friend of her father Venugopal, had entered their house on Sunday night in an inebriated condition and assaulted her. “He threatened me that my dad will have to face dire consequences. I have known him for years and respected him. His visit came as a shock to me and even if he had any issues with my dad, he had no business threatening me,” she told the media.
Sundar Menon is the Founder and CEO of Sun Group International, a prominent name in the Middle-East energy sector.
The complaint against him also says that Menon had entered the house forcefully and was finally removed from the premises by a few neighbours who had gathered upon hearing the noise.
Meanwhile, Parvathy’s father Venugopal told the police that he had been threatened by Menon on Sunday morning and that the tiff was over a temple trust.
This is however not the first time in the recent past that Sundar Menon had been in controversy. A few weeks ago Thrissur East Police had registered a case for violating passport rules and invoked sections including 420 of IPC for cheating based on a complaint that the Padma Shri awardee was using passports and registering vehicles in two different names.
He had claimed that the allegations had been propped up by a rival group.
Menon was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015 for the contributions made by his trust to the social and educational welfare of the weaker sections of the Indian society. His name had been recommended by the Kerala state government, with personal endorsement from then Food and Covil Supplies minister Divakaran.