National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally in Kerala Tushar Vellapally on Thursday asserted that charges levelled against him in an Rs 19-crore cheque default case in which he was arrested and released on bail in the UAE were false and he would fight them legally. Vellapally, chief of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) which is a partner of the BJP-led NDA in the state, also said there was no political conspiracy as alleged by the state BJP chief and said it was an attempt by his former sub-contractor to “extort” money fraudulently. Talking to a Malayalam TV channel after being released on bill by a court in Ajman, he thanked Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, non-resident Kerala businessman Yousuf Ali and the Central government for intervening in the matter.
“I have mentioned everything before the court. I had a company here 20 years ago. Those who have filed the (cheque default) case might have stolen the cheque from my company and approached the court,” Vellappaly said. “All the charges are false and I will fight the case legally. The man who filed the case was a subcontractor with my company years ago,” he said.
On state BJP chief PS Sreedharan Pillai’s remarks alleging a political conspiracy behind the arrest, Vellappaly replied in the negative. “There is no political conspiracy. This man (the subcontractor) wants to extort money from me,” he added. Alleging political conspiracy, Pillai in a statement here said, “Vellappaly is innocent and prima facie, it was evident that some people with vested interest had trapped him by inviting him to the Gulf country and arrest him.”
Vellapally was arrested at a hotel in Ajman on Tuesday, Khaleej Times in Dubai quoted a local source associated with his party BDJS. Tushar, who unsuccessfully contested as the NDA candidate against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the 2019 general elections from Wayanad, was released on bail by Ajman Public Prosecution, but cannot travel without clearing a civil case, Gulf News reported, quoting his uncle KS Vachaspathy.