24 October Sunday

Havala Case: Probe Extends To Konni; Surendran’s Secretary To Be Questioned Today

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Saturday Jun 5, 2021

Thrissur : The secretary to BJP state president, Deepan will be questioned in connection with havala money brought into the state for  election activities and subsequently robbed in Thrissur’s Kodakkara in a loot orchestrated by the leaders themselves.  Police issued Deepan a notice asking to appear before the probe team at Thrissur Police Club, 10 am today.

Meanwhile, findings so far has led investigators to make inquiries in Konni -  one of the two constituencies  Surendran contested from in the April Assembly polls. In Konni, police questioned staff in hotels where Surendran and his aides lodged during the election days. Questions relating how many rooms, period of stay and r modes of payment were asked. Based on information divulged by havala money carrier, Dharmaraj, the police earlier questioned Alappuzha District Treasurer KG Karta and the district-in-charge  L Padmakumar. The current extension to Konni is a follow-up on those findings.

The police had also quizzed Dharmaraj’s brother Dhanraj after summoning him to Thrissur Police Club on Friday.  According to sources, Dhanaraj was with Dharmaraj in the car when the robbery occurred. Dharmaraj had testified before court stating there was 3.5 crore rupees in the car at the time of robbery. Dhanaraj was questioned to corroborate that claim.

High Court Seeks ED Response On Havala Money
In a plea urging for Enforcement  Directorate(ED) investigations into havala case , the High Court asked ED for its response in context. ED should make known its stand in a week’s time.     The plea was submitted by Salim Matavur and heard by Justice Mary Joseph. The petition cites that despite havala being a offence , ED is not conducting a probe. Meanwhile, the ED Director has  gathered information including FIR details  from the special investigation team(SIT) looking into the havala case - the report of which will be submitted in 10 days time as per court orders.

No bail for havala culprit

The Thrissur District Sessions Court on Friday dismissed a bail plea submitted by the 20th accused Deepti(34) who is also wife of the 3rd accused Ranjith.

The Case
On the morning of April 3,  4 am,  the miscreants arrived in two vehicles and slammed their Ertiga into the car carrying havala money.  They then got out of their vehicles and pulled Dharmaraj and accomplices outside and made off with the car, havala money and all. The probe team has so far recovered over 1.5 crore rupees in the case.