: The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI on Wednesday filed charge sheets in two cases relating to evasion of pre/post-import duty relating to luxury cars. The charge sheets have the names of 12 accused in the first case and nine in the second.

The CBI arrested the first accused in both the cases, Alex C. Joseph, at a hotel in Delhi in February this year. In the first charge sheet, the CBI had named the following as accused: Alex C. Joseph, Vijayadevan Bhaskaran, John Bosco, Joseph Daniel, K. Pongiannan, Shanmugasundaram, V. Ramanathan, M. Ravindran, V.R. Venkatachalam, TCP Limited, Vijendra Samuel and Four by Four Motors Limited, invoking various sections of the IPC and Section 13 (2), read with Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The second charge sheet had named the following as accused: Joseph C Alex, K.P. Ismail, Joseph Daniel, K. Pongiannan, D. Sukumar, V. Ramanathan, M. Ravindran, V.R. Venkatachalam and TCP Limited.

A person who spoke to The Hindu on behalf of Mr. Venkatachalam, Chancellor of Sri Ramachandra University, said, “He never imported a luxury car and only purchased it from some one and whatever was due for the purchase of the car was paid by cheque.”