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Story Dated: Sunday, July 07, 2013 09:42 hrs UTC

 Shalu Menon, one of the accused in the Solar scam, has been remanded to custody untill Monday by the First Class Judicial Magistrate court here on Saturday.

The court will consider a police plea for Shalu's custody on Monday.  The prosecution has asked for custody of Shalu Menon and Biju Radhakrishnan for further questioning.

Shalu has been remanded in the women's prison in Attakulangara, Thiruvananthapuram.

Shalu, a dancer and television actress, was arrested Friday for her alleged links with the prime accused in the case Biju Radhakrishnan.

She was arrested after interrogation by a special investigation team headed by ADGP Hemachandran. Shalu picked up by the police from her home at Changanassery near Kottayam Friday evening.

The arrest was based on a complaint lodged by on Rasiq Ali, a Thiruvananthapuram-based businessman, from whom she had allegedly received a huge sum promising a business deal with Biju.

The scam, pertaining to fraudulent deals running into huge sums pushed by Saritha Nair and accomplice Biju, has brought the office of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy under a cloud with the arrest of one of his close personal aides and removal of two others from the CMO.

Ever since the scam broke out pushing the Chandy Government on backfoot, name of Shalu has figured for her suspected links with Biju and a magistrate court at Thrissur Thursday directed police to file an FIR against her.

She had been under scanner right from the start and the investigators came across 'evidences' that pointed that she had helped Biju escape from the state, sources said.

Biju, also wanted in connection with the death of his wife in suspicious circumstances besides being the co-accused in the solar cheating case along with Saritha, was arrested from Coimbatore a few days ago.

The opposition LDF had also been pressing for her arrest after it was found that several top politicians, including Home Minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan had visited her home or the dance school she runs.

The scam also had its reflection on the factional equations in the Congress in the state as the telephone call details gathered by investigaton team showed that several ministers and political leaders had made calls to Saritha, apart from getting frequent calls from her.


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