The Kerala High Court Friday granted interim protection to Member of Parliament (MP) and President of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, K Sudhkaran in a 2021 cheating case involving notorious fake antique dealer Monson Mavunkal [K Sudhakaran v Sate of Kerala & Anr.]..Justice Ziyad Rahman AA directed the counsel for the police officials to get instructions and ordered that no persuasive steps should be taken against Sudhakaran until the next hearing of the matter on June 21. .The Court was considering an anticipatory bail application filed by Sudhkaran.In his plea, Sudhakaran contended that there was no allegation against him in the First Information Report (FIR) which was registered by the police in 2021 based on a complaint received in 2018. The offences alleged against him are punishable under Sections 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471(fraudulently using a document as genuine while believing it is forged) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).After 19 months of registering the case, he was recently issued a notice under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and asked to appear before the Crime Branch on suspicion that he is allegedly involved in the crime, he stated.The plea claimed that Sudhakaran apprehends that the issuance of notice to him almost two years later is a ploy to drag him into the controversy and tarnish his social image which he developed after having served many years as a public servant.He also argued that custodial interrogation was unnecessary as there is no substance in the allegation and no culpable element is made out against him.He said he would cooperate with the investigation and would not flee from justice.Sudhakaran further said that he has already committed to prearranged meetings and consultations, and therefore, he is unable to appear on the day scheduled by the Crime Branch. Hence, the plea requested another date for his personal appearance.