Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 28: Kerala solar scam is again back in news and to haunt the state Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, when assembly elections are about to take place in the state. On Thursday, Jan 28, an FIR was filed against Chandy, a day after he was accused of accepting bribe, a charge that he denied.
The fradulent company-Team Solar floated by the two accused- Saritha S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan, had collected huge amounts from various persons promising to provide solar solutions.
Let us know more about Saritha S Nair, the prime accused in the solar scam case, who has alleged that Rs 1.90 crore had been given to Chandy's key aide for facilitating setting up mega solar projects in the state.
Who is Saritha S Nair?
Saritha was a director of the Team Solar Renewable Energy Co. After fraud complaints came to the fore, she was arrested was released on bail in Feb 2014, after staying in jail for nine months.
Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan are accused of cheating investors by promising to supply solar panels worth crores of rupees. There are many other cases of cheating registered against them.
The Rs 7-crore solar panel scam rocked the Chandy government in 2013. Three staff members with alleged links with Saritha Nair were later sacked by Chandy. [Kerala Shocker: 'Ministers form a lobby to trap women and use them']
In Oct 2014, her scandalous videos had gone viral on social media and on WhatsApp.
Allegations made by Saritha S Nair
Saritha Nair has alleged that she had paid a bribe of Rs 40 lakh to the PA of Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed.
She also alleged that Chandy's former PA Jikkumon, who had sought Rs seven crore as bribe, had insisted that the money meant for Chandy be handed over to one Thomas Kuruvilla in Delhi. Kuruvilla was claimed to be Chandy's unofficial aide. She claimed that she handed over Rs 1.10 crore to Kuruvilla.
Shocking allegations against Saritha Nair
In Dec 2015, solar scam accused Biju Radhakrishnan told a judicial commission that he had in his possession a video recording allegedly showing his live-in partner Saritha Nair in compromising situation with Chandy and two cabinet colleagues.
Meanwhile, Saritha Nair had denied Radhakrishnan's allegations and challenged him to come out with the clips.
What CM Chandy says?
"Let her state what benefit she got after bribing us. The cheques Saritha had handed over for relief fund had also bounced. I have not helped her in any way. The Commission will come out with all the truth. Saritha was given a lot of opportunities to tell her version."