CBI has arrested the main accuse in the Rs 300 crores Kerala Nursing Recruitment Scam at Nedumbassery airport on Wednesday.
The main accuse was recognized as Mailakkattu Uthup Varghese of age 50. He was remanded in the judicial custody by Ernakulam CBI court. He is hiding from CBI from past two years in Kuwait and other Western Asian countries. The Kerala government has given time upto March 30 to surrender in front of the investigation officer. In past his anticipatory bail plea had rejected by both the High Court and Supreme Court.
The accuse was produced before the CBI high court, Ernakulam around 3 p.m. CBI have filed a petition seeking further investigation through a charge sheets against Varghese and other accused in the case was filed last month.
This scam was happened two years back by the travel agency. They have recruited 1200 nurses in the past one year for sending Kuwait, after collecting Rs 19.5 lakh from each person. They have given assurance to provide jobs in Kuwait as nurses, and after collecting money they escaped from this country.
Varghese’s wife Susan is another accused in the case. The owner of Al Zarafa Travels and Manpower Consultants Pvt Ltd is the second accuse in the Kerala Nursing Recruitment Scam.
CBI has mentioned in the charge sheet that on March 30, 2015, the owner of Al Zarafa Travels has made a contract with Kuwait-based agency for recruiting 1200 nurses under the ministry of health, Kuwait. Then they have collected Rs 19.5 lakhs from each candidate but in the agreement with Kuwait govt they have written Rs 19,500 collected from each candidate.
CBI started the investigating the case after income tax department officials found a huge amount of black money during raid at premises of the recruitment agency.