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Cong MLA Sobhana George arrested

Press Trust of India

Posted: Oct 03, 2002 at 1539 hrs IST

Congress MLA Sobhana George was arrested on Thursday by crime branch sleuths in connection with the 'forged intelligence document case', police sources said.

Armed with a non-bailable warrant, the crime branch team led by Superintendent Natarajan arrested Sobhana from her residence in the city.

Sobhana was named the third accused by the crime branch in its investigation report filed in the court Sunday last, as she was suspected to have played a role in the conspiracy behind alleged forgery of 'intelligence report' linking Kerala Tourism Minister K.V. Thomas with a hawala racket.

The arrest was made in the presence of Executive Magistrate and Thiruvananthapuram Tahasildar M Sasikumar at 1350 hrs IST.

After a brief interrogation, she was taken to the chief judicial magistrate's court.

The case, rocking the state for quite some time, related to telecast of a story by Surya T V in June on the basis of an allegedly forged intelligence report purportedly sent by DGP intelligence to the Chief Minister's office linking K.V. Thomas with the Rs 336-crore hawala racket being probed by the central agencies.

While, the bonafides of the "intelligence report", the government ordered a crime branch investigation to ascertain the "conspiracy" behind the "forged document".

Surya TV reporter Anil Nambiar was initially named the sole accused in FIR. Last week Sobhana's personal assistant Anil P Srirangam was arrested and a look out notice has also been issued against a former journalist R Jayachandran, who is wanted in the case.

A known Karunakaran camper in the faction-ridden congress in the state, Sobhana was yesterday issued a show-cause notice by KPCC president K Muraleedharan.

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