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The police said M.S. Sridharan (43), once an office attendant of a former Minister, had been charge sheeted in cases relating to forged cheques as early as 1991, and had also served a jail sentence after being convicted for fraud.
Sridharan, against whom a kidnap case had been filed in Kochi, moved to Chennai recently. He set up an office in a commercial complex on Radhakrishnan Salai. He negotiated with the owner of the complex to pay a rent of Rs 2.2 lakhs per month and offered to pay an advance of Rs. 24 lakhs. Having won the confidence of the owner, Sridharan borrowed Rs 1,005 from him to open a current account in a national bank.
Sridharan then deposited fake cheques to the tune of Rs. 6.5 crores. Under the guise of a spice dealer based in Madurai, he withdrew Rs. six lakhs.
He was about to make good his escape on Monday when he received a call on his mobile phone. The caller identified himself as a relative of the girl whom he kidnapped from Cochin. The caller pleaded that Sridharan visit him at a city hotel to discuss the marriage plans between him and the girl.
Sridharan turned up at the hotel and found a team of personnel from the Kerala police department waiting for him. They seized the money from him and informed the Central Crime Branch, Chennai, which now registered a case against him after informing and receiving a complaint from the bank.
Sridharan had been lodged in the Central Prison, after being remanded to judicial custody till December 23, the police added.
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