As flow of funds for anti- Kudankulam nuclear plant protests come under scanner, a whopping Rs30 lakh transfer from London to the bank account of a woman, whose husband is linked to the stir, has led to suspicions prompting police to file a case against her.
The case against Ambika under Sec 102 CrPC has been registered by police after a branch of Canara bank here reported the transfer of Rs29,98,782 into her savings bank account, Police said.
The money had been deposited into Ambika's account by a London-based software engineer Anand alias Joshua Anand, it added.
"We are enquiring into the suspicious transaction of funds as Ambika's husband, Thavasi Kumar, is involved in the anti-nuclear project agitation," he said, adding, they have informed top officials in Tamil Nadu and the Home Ministry in Delhi about the transaction. Thavasi is also Kudankulam local body councillor.
Thavasi Kumar, who was earlier Anand's driver in 1996, had told the police that the money had been transferred for the purchase of property for his boss, police said.
The case has been registered against Ambika under CrPC Sec 102 which gives powers to police to take action against suspicious and fraudulent dealings.
The transaction came to light ahead of the revival of anti-KNPP activists who laid a siege to the plant today through sea.
However, SP Udhayakumar, convener of the Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy(PMANE), which is spearheading the stir, denied the charge.
"Government has spent an additional Rs4,000 crore on a non-functional nuclear plant. Now, they are foisting a case that Rs 30 lakh foreign funds have come to someone from somewhere...," he said.
Government had last year launched a crackdown on some NGOs in Tamil Nadu for allegedly providing funds to stage protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project.
The PMANE has been campaigning for the closure of the 2X1000 MW nuclear plant being built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) with Russian assistance.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Narayanasamy too had alleged many times that the PMANE activists were getting funds from abroad to sustain the agitation. Police have been also on alert monitoring the flow of foreign funds to the anti-nuclear struggle.