A civil and sessions court in Bengaluru on Monday directed six persons, including former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, to pay Rs 1.6 crore to coffee planter and businessman M K Kuruvilla as part of refund of money invested by the businessman for implementing failed solar energy projects in Kerala.
Kuruvilla had filed a complaint in a civil court in Bengaluru in 2015 alleging that an education firm, Scossa Educational Consultants run by one Binu Nair – suspected to be the Kerala solar scam perpetrator Biju Radhakrishnan – had convinced him to invest over Rs 1 crore in solar projects in Kerala. An official from the then CM Chandy’s office allegedly called to push for the investment promising subsidies and other incentives.
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The case had been registered as an original suit in February this year under order VII and rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Code with Chandy named as accused number five. Chandy did not contest the case and notices remained unserved.
“The allegation was that the CM connived with the others to cause losses to my client. He did not contest the case. All the defendants have been directed to pay Rs 1.6 crore to compensate,’’ Kuruvilla’s advocate B N Jayadeva said.
During the case, Kuruvilla presented proof of deposits of money made through various banks to the accounts of Scossa Educational Consultants, Binu Nair, and Kerala Youth Congress official Deljith between 2011 and 2012 for the alleged solar projects. A cousin of the Kerala CM, identified as Andrews, was named as one of the directors of Scossa Educational Consultants .
The 65th additional civil and sessions judge, Justice N R Chennakesava, directed all the defendants named in the case to pay Rs 1.6 crore to the businessman within six months.
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