Kerala High Court stays solar scam FIR against Chandy

1Saritha Nair now alleges CM’s son also involved
Kochi,The Kerala High court on Friday suspended a lower court order directing the state police to file an FIR against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his Cabinet colleagues in the solar panel scam case for two months.
The high court’s order came after Chandy and Kerala’s Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed appealed the lower court’s order.
Saritha Nair, the second suspect in the case, claimed before an inquiry commission on Wednesday that she gave Rs 1.90 crore to a person called Thomas Kuruvilla. She claimed the money was meant for Chandy. She also said Mohammed also was given Rs 40 lakh.
Later, activist P.D. Joseph approached the Thrissur Vigilance Court, which ordered an FIR to be registered against Chandy and his Cabinet colleague on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Saritha, having first dragged Chandy into the case, on Friday claimed his son Chandy Oommen was also involved in it.
Saritha made the disclosure on the third day of her deposition before the Solar Judicial Commission, and said she met the Chief Minister many times and not just three times as mentioned by Oommen Chandy before the commission.
She said there was a picture of hers that had come out at a function at Kottayam, where she met the Chief Minister, and on that day she was talking about a new company to be formed by his son Chandy Oommen and the Chief Minister agreed to that.
Saritha on Thursday alleged that she gave Rs 1.90 crore in bribes to the Chief Minister in two instalments through a person called Thomas Kuruvilla, based in Delhi.
On Friday, she added that the Chandy’s son was always available on Kuruvilla’s mobile phone when they discussed the solar panel business and the formation of a new company to import solar panels.
Saritha also claimed there were speculations about a relationship between her and Chandy Oommen. But she was not the woman mentioned in that story, but another one who was involved in the solar company.
Saritha said that Chief Minster’s son had made trips with the other woman to Middle East.
She then said all the evidence of the relationship between Chandy Oomen and the other woman is in the custody of state Minister for Forests Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
Saritha informed the commission that she would not make any revelation about the sleaze stories that were heard when the scam first surfaced involving her and top political leaders as that involved her privacy.
Saritha asked the commission that since she has some urgent work, she may be allowed to leave and she would appear again on Monday.
The Kerala government’s counsel objected to this, stating that she was in a hurry to go only to brief the media and put the government in trouble by airing these allegations.
But the commission allowed Saritha to return on Monday and Tuesday for her further deposition.

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