CM Chandy phoned my mother asking not to reveal scam details: Saritha

"Pradeep Kumar (PA to Ganesh Kumar) told me that he took the risk to meet her at the jail on the basis of a request from the Chief Minister himself," Saritha told the panel.

By: PTI | Kochi | Updated: January 28, 2016 5:54 pm
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Continuing her attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Saritha S Nair, prime accused in the solar scam, on Thursday alleged that he had telephoned her mother to influence her not to reveal facts related to the case, while she was lodged in jail in 2013.

A day after she alleged that she had paid bribes totalling Rs 1.90 crore to a close aide of Chandy and Rs 40 lakh to power minister Arayadan Mohammed, Saritha said she could produce evidence to prove her charges with regard to alleged involvement of influential people in the scam.

Chandy and Arayadan have rejected the allegations. Deposing before Justice Sivarajan Commission probing the solar scam case, Saritha claimed a personal assistant to former minister and Kerala Congress (B) leader K B Ganesh Kumar had come to meet her along with her mother at the Attakkulangara jail.

Kerala Congress (B) was part of the Congress-led UDF at that time. “Pradeep Kumar (PA to Ganesh Kumar) told me that he took the risk to meet her at the jail on the basis of a request from the Chief Minister himself,” Saritha told the panel.

“He told me that the Chief Minister, Congress leaders Benny Behanan MLA and Thampanoor Ravi have spoken to my mother, assuring that all the cases and financial issues related to solar business could be settled. Pradeep Kumar told me to ask my mother about their conversation…I spoke to my mother who was standing outside. Mother told me that the Chief Minister had spoken to her. Benny Behanan MLA and Thampanoor Ravi had also spoken to her through the phones of Advocate Fenny Balakrishnan and Pradeep Kumar, seeking help. They had assured my mother that the money collected from me would be returned,” Saritha said.

She also said it was after this meeting with Pradeep Kumar and mother that she cut short to four pages her controversial 30-page letter written when she was in police custody at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. All facts were removed and a four-page letter was submitted directly to Ernakulam Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, she said.

“I can produce several documents and witnesses to prove their (political leaders) involvement,” Saritha said. Saritha also claimed that she met the Chief Minister at his official residence Cliff House at Thiruvananthapuram and discussed certain business issues related to Team solar. It was days after another prime accused in the scam Biju Radhakrishnan’s controversial meeting with the Chief Minister, Saritha claimed.

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    Aj1481
    Jan 29, 2016 at 3:11 am
    Lol
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      Aj1481
      Jan 29, 2016 at 3:10 am
      Thats not because of govt but because of the people who are not afraid of caloing a strike...anyday everyday, anywhere
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        Aj1481
        Jan 29, 2016 at 3:04 am
        The real rrason behind misdirection called the 'kerala house beef controversy' was to deflect from this issue from being pushed to limelight, same strategy like congress b team kejriwal to cry wolf and act like victim if youre going to be caught
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          Bharatk
          Jan 29, 2016 at 5:43 am
          Brain blinded bhakths are the ones under hallucination. unfortunately they fail to see an obvious reality.
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            Dinesh
            Jan 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm
            Raj:M***********
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              FBI
              Jan 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm
              Why
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                K S
                Jan 29, 2016 at 8:06 am
                Dear Me Marathi.. In your own marathi land, fadnavis is busy digging graves so deep for the BJP.
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                  K S
                  Jan 29, 2016 at 8:07 am
                  One way to ticket to a neighboring nation of your choice is on your way.
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                    Arun
                    Jan 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                    Did the judge send Saritha to prison without any reason ?
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                      ashok
                      Jan 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm
                      In today's politics corruption today cm tomorrow. What happened in Bihar nitish joins lallu both his sons minister lallu runs the show what is the court for people are the judges let's not waste our time it may be news in the media for few days
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                        Karunakaran
                        Jan 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm
                        About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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                          Kaliyug
                          Jan 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                          Chandy and gang ate the money while Saritha is left with prison, public humiliation and lack of the support from the Congress crooks.
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                            Kaliyug
                            Jan 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                            Do you ever see any development in Kerala or Bengal? Both have the same fundamentals in corruption, both are in denial, both do not want people to work and prosper, both CM's are involved in large scale fraud, both of them wear something white always, both do not let industries set-up shop and do something for the citizens. Both steal from the temples and use it for political bribery and self preservation.
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                              Devender Kumar
                              Jan 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm
                              Modi should resign.....
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                                Rahat Ali
                                Jan 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm
                                This CONGRESS CRIMINAL should be in jail along with FAKE I shame shame ITALIAN MAFIA look CORRUPT CONGRSS GOONS STILL LOOTING my country and where is PAPPU and KFC WAITRESS I request central govt to finish this ITALIAN MAFIA mentally sick mafia get lost from my country I request all people to VOTE ONLY BJP save INDIA from the MAFIA I am Muslim VOTED FOR BJP and I will VOTE ONLY BJP
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                                  George Cruz
                                  Jan 29, 2016 at 12:37 am
                                  The Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is arrogant, corrupt, and intoxicated with looted wealth and refused to resign. The communist s, the congress party pseudo secular s, and the Christians/Muslims who are blinded by their religion fully support the congress for their self interests and not in the interests of the country. Let's not forget, Kerala is a Hindu majority state , rich in Hindu culture, unfortunately has been hijacked by the communists and the Christians/Muslims who are blinded and mistakenly think they are secular/tolerant and are the biggest hypocrites.
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                                    Junior_butcher
                                    Jan 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                                    I love my India
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                                      Junior_butcher
                                      Jan 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                                      Judge got sold.
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                                        Joshi Kannekattu
                                        Jan 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                                        Kerala is No 1 in corruption - Because, the state has nothing to develop , then where is all these going , half of the potion lives in out side kerala . CM is master of corruption. Chandy is not a Harichandra, but he is a Hara Hara chandra in corruption.
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                                          KS KUMAR
                                          Jan 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                                          If it would have been a BJP CM the electronic media especially NDTV and CNN would have been telecasting the story as lead item in every bulletin at least for a week. There would have been demonstrations all over India and Mrs Saritha would have been projected as a whistleblower. Since this is congi CM the reporting is being underpla.
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                                            KP
                                            Jan 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                                            hey you calling a lady who had collected crores of money from investors and cheated them taking advatage of her freak wisdom and cunningnes, apart from living in with a man who had killed his wife, a POOR Woman?????.. we all know what happens in politics.. be it any party.. its only money money and money.. noone in politics can claim to be a harischandra in india... if at all someone claims and accuses others its only foolishness of common people.. the very same foolishness which encourages some people and such politicians.. unless politicians have the guts to implement the laws and programs with honesty.. unless there are smart checks and balances in place.. unless black money is curbed.. such incidents and we fools brooding over them will continue in india..let nobody boast to be honest please..
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