The Kerala High Court on Tuesday allowed the police to keep K. Purushotham Pandey, son of a retired IAS officer from Karnataka, in their custody for three days in connection with a cheating case lodged by a resident of Palarivattom in Kochi.
Justice B. Kemal Pasha issued the directive while allowing a petition by the police against the order of Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court rejecting their plea for the custody of the accused. He was arrested on a complaint lodged by one Sreenivasan of Kochi.
The prosecution case was that Pandey, while staying with his family in Mr. Sreenivasan’s sister’s house, made him believe that he was a senior official working with Spice Telecommunication and had come to Kerala to establish a company.
He took Rs. 15 lakh from Mr. Sreenivasan on the promise of giving him shares of the company. Pandey and his family allegedly fled the house the very next day. They also allegedly took away furniture, a television, a refrigerator and other articles from the house. He had been in judicial custody since April 29.
Keywords: Kochi city crimes