KOLLAM: Kollam District and Session Judge Thomas Pallickaparambil on Saturday rejected the anticipatory bail application by a moneylender against whom the Kollam West police had registered a case under the Kerala Moneylenders Act.
Sources in the legal fraternity said the order assumes significance as it comes to the rescue of many people who are harassed by a section of moneylenders. The order also facilitates the registration of a case under extortion charges against such moneylenders, they said.
The order pertains to a property at Lakshminada in the city assessed to be worth Rs.1 crore. It was mortgaged to one Rajesh Khanna, a city-based moneylender, by a woman for Rs.10 lakh.
The police case against Rajesh Khanna, based on a complaint filed by the woman, was that the former had opened an office on her property without her consent. He also reportedly got the property registered in his name.