The raids follow a recent order by the Kerala High Court, dismissing Noushad’s petitions seeking to quash the cases against him.

The District Crime Branch on Monday conducted simultaneous raids on the residences and office of T.P. Noushad here on the basis of four criminal cases of cheating filed against him.

The raids follow a recent order by the Kerala High Court, dismissing Noushad’s petitions seeking to quash the cases against him.

The police said Noushad had appropriated the properties of the complainants, promising them shares in his crusher company. The complainants are based at Balussery and Mukkam here.

Senior police officials said the criminal investigation into the cases had been held up as the matter was pending in the High Court. The court’s recent decision had again given the police the green signal to get on with the probe, Monday’s raids being one of them.

Though the four cases were initially registered with the Mukkam police, the Crime Branch had taken over the probe.

Noushad, who claims to be a relative and personal staff member of former Minister Elamaram Karim, is also under the scanner for his alleged involvement in the grant of mining rights at Chakkittapara village here.

The Crime Branch team, led by senior officer Josy Cherian, searched the houses of Noushad at Hastinapura in the Chevayur area of the city and at Nellikaparamba in Mukkam.

Simultaneously, another team forced open the lock of his Mysoor Blue Metals and Sands offices at the Vyapara Bhavan building. The office was sealed after the raid.

Senior Crime Branch officials said very little information was got from the office at Vyapara Bhavan as it had not been in use for a while. But some incriminating documents regarding the four cases were seized from both the residences, they said.