A United Arab Emirates (UAE) court has dropped the cheque bounce case against Thushar Vellapally, state president of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), citing that the documents submitted against him were not trustworthy.
Thushar was arrested at Ajman in UAE on August 20 following a complaint by a Thrissur native Nasil Abdulla that a cheque of Rs 19 crore which the former had given to Nasil bounced. Thushar who was housed at Ajman central jail had received bail two days after his arrest.
According to reports, the UAE court has given back Thushar’s passport which he had submitted while being let out on bail. The court has also stated that the travel ban on Thushar has been removed.
Thushar Vellapally was the candidate of BJP led National Democratic Alliance in Wayanad constituency in the recent Lok Sabha polls and is the son of Vellapally Natesan, general secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, a prominent community based organisation in Kerala.
The day the news about Thushar’s arrest broke, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to Centre asking for all possible help for him within the bounds of law. But soon the arrest became a huge controversy as media reports emerged about the condition of Nasil Abdulla’s family back in Thrissur.
Many raised questions about the Chief Minister’s act and the haste in writing to the Centre to offer help to Thushar since the complainant was also a Keralaite. But it was claimed by supporters of the Chief Minister that the action was only a natural process of helping citizens facing trouble oversees. Pinarayi Vijayan later stated that Nasil Abdulla will also get justice in the case.
As per reports, after Thushar Vellapally got bail, he had tried for an out of court settlement with Nasil Abdulla. Following this, an audio clip circulated in social media and a person alleged to be Nasil was heard saying that he had purchased a cheque signed by Thushar to trap him in a case. Following this, Thushar was reported to have backed away from the out of court settlement and instead proceeded through court.