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A. Firoz surrenders

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A. Firoz (centre), an accused in an advance-fee fraud case registered in 2009, surrenders before the police in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.— Photo: By Special Arrangement
A. Firoz (centre), an accused in an advance-fee fraud case registered in 2009, surrenders before the police in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.— Photo: By Special Arrangement

…Development Bank. They said that Firoz had introduced the duo as strategic advisers and chartered accountants of the bank.

The police said Firoz had met the alleged fraudsters when he was a public relations officer at Kerala House in New Delhi in 2006-07 and that they had paid him commission in money and gold ornaments for giving them a “proper introduction” to influential and rich people.

He kept in contact with them through e-mail and mobile phone. Several witnesses have told the police that the three were seen together frequently in the State capital.

Firoz’s associates had informed the media in advance that he would surrender on Thursday after the High Court denied him anticipatory bail in the case.

The media were on a stake-out in front of the Medical College police station here anticipating his arrival. However, he gave them the slip by walking into the police station wearing a helmet amidst a group of people around 2.30 p.m. Assistant Commission K.S. Vimal was questioning the suspect. He would be produced before a magistrate on Friday.


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