Tamil Nadu cops to probe Nirmal scam in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Tamil Nadu police will deploy two teams in Kerala to intensify the search for the accused in the Nirmal Krishna financial scam as well as to trace more properties. A new office of its economic offence wing (EOW) will open on the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border near Parassala for the convenience of petitioners. A review meeting of Kerala and Tamil Nadu police officers on the case in Chennai also chalked out various strategies to track the accused as well as to initiate steps under the Tamil Nadu Protection of Investments and Deposits Act to return deposits to the victims.

A statement from the state police headquarters said that so far the investigation team got evidence of deposits to the tune of Rs 96 crore from 1,164 Tamil Nadu and 175 Kerala residents. Sources in the investigation team said that so far properties to the tune of nearly Rs 250 crore was seized. It included lands mainly in Tamil Nadu - Kerala border areas.  They seized nearly Rs 40 lakh in cash, 7 kg gold and a dozen vehicles and detected benami investments to the tune of Rs 47 lakh. Police also urged the public to pass on information regarding benami investments.

A 15-member team of Tamil Nadu EOW and a 15-member Crime Branch team of Kerala have been jointly probing the case. Tamil Nadu police team led by ADGP (EOW) Sunilkumar Singh and Kerala police led by crime branch IG S. Sreejith reviewed the progress of the investigation.  The Kerala police team also called on Tamil Nadu DGP T. K. Rajendran and held discussions. State anti-piracy cell SP B. K. Prasanth also accompanied Mr Sreejith.

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