KPCC chief K Sudhakaran held for colluding with conman, released on bail | India News

KOCHI: Kerala Congress chief K Sudhakaran was on Friday arrested on charges of collusion with a jailed conman, capping a seven-hour quiz by police in the Left-governed state even as the south rivals vowed a united fight against BJP at the opposition meet in Patna while teaming up for the July rural polls in Bengal.
Sudhakaran was freed soon after in line with an interim HC anticipatory bail granted two days ago setting surety terms for such release in the financial fraud case related to conman Monson Mavunkal. Mavunkal (53) was arrested in September 2021.
Sudhakaran was arraigned as second accused earlier this month, which had set off the latest bout of Congress-Left sparring. Congress dubbed Sudhakaran’s arrest by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government “politically motivated” and claimed the motive was to silence the opposition. Congress has lined up protests across the state on Saturday.
Addressing the media while leaving the crime branch office, Sudhakaran claimed the cops didn’t have any evidence. “They wanted to know some things. I answered their questions. I believe in courts. Let the case come to court and continue,” he said.
Sudhakaran said he had already denounced Mavunkal. “He was given a life sentence. What more should I do against him? He got his punishment.” The state Congress chief had reiterated his innocence earlier in the day while on way to the crime branch office for the quiz that started at 11am and ended at 6.30pm. “I can prove my innocence easily. I haven’t exploited anyone. I don’t accept bribes as part of my ethics. I’m not scared of anyone,” he said. Some of the complainants against Mavunkal alleged he had cheated them of Rs 10 crore.

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