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Jun 10, 2011 at 09:44am IST

'Absconding' realty firm directors appear on TV

Kochi: Apple a Day Properties directors KA Saju and Rajiv Kumar have been on the run for two weeks now. The duo is charged in the over Rs 130 crore real estate fraud in Kochi. But they seem to be elusive only to the Kerala police, and not to regional channels, who tracked them down for interviews.

"If you have high-level political connections, and if you have the capacity to bribe the police, you can even destroy the reputation of any company," said Rajiv Kumar.

Take an appropriate byte from India vision FTP feed where he claims innocence or him blaming a conspiracy to nail them

Left in the lurch are the victims, who have been cheated of their hard earned money. Their anger is also against the administration, which they charge with not investigating the case properly.

"From the government side, we need to get back our hard-earned money or our flats back," said Balu Soman, a victim.

"We are afraid and we have given the complaint to the authority...so we are urging for the legal action," said Somanathan, another victim.

But newly-sworn in Chief Minister Oommen Chandy says the government is serious.

"We are seriously thinking about ways to check this. We have to hold discussions with the police department, law department and cabinet colleagues. We consider this is a very serious matter," said Chandy.

The Directors of the Apple a Day Properties are scot-free even when complaints against them are mounting day by day. Victims are doubtful whether the police are giving them a safe passage until the High Court decides on their anticipatory bail plea. Police sources, however, have denied this but the question is will the empty promises turn into action now.

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