The two absconding directors of Kochi-based Apple A Day Properties, K.A. Saju (37 years) and Rajiv Kumar C. (33 years), both from Edapally, on Saturday moved anticipatory bail applications before the Ernakulam Sessions Court.

The applications will be taken up for hearing on June 1. They had been charged with cheating and breach of trust, following complaints filed by people who had paid them between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 35 lakh as advance to purchase apartments and villas.

The bail applications were filed at a time when the police had published a look-out notice and were initiating steps to attach their properties.

The sub-inspector of Palarivattom, Anil George, said that the number of complainants increased from the 40 to 52 on Friday (taking the amount involved to Rs 5.12 crore) based on which cases were filed. Another 15 cases were filed on Saturday before the Palarivattom police. This would further increase the money that the builders took as advance.

Arrest attempts

“We are making all attempts to nab the duo,” said another police officer in the probe team. To a question whether the police had received similar complaints against builders or companies in Kochi which went back on the promise of handing over apartments and villas on time, he said no such complaint has been formally registered.

He denied having any knowledge of whether Central agencies were tracking the case involving Apple A Day Properties.

Many buyers who are yet to get delivery of their apartments in Palarivattom-Padivattom have joined together to form Big Apple Buyers' Association.