Solar scam: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy deposes before judicial commission, refuses to undergo lie-detector test

Official sources said Chandy’s refusal to undergo a lie-detector test was in response to a demand from the lawyer of prime accused Biju Radhakrishnan.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 27, 2016 1:20 am
Chandy appears before the commission, Monday. (PTI Photo) Chandy appears before the commission, Monday. (PTI Photo)

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today that he refused to undergo a lie-detector test while deposing before a judicial commission probing charges in the “solar scam” allegedly linked to his staff.

“The state exchequer has not incurred any loss in the issue, nor has the accused obtained any monetary advantage. I have not stated any lie and acted against my conscience. Why I should undergo a lie-detector test?’’ Chandy told reporters.

The Congress leader started his deposition before the commission on Monday and continued into the early hours of Tuesday. Official sources said Chandy’s refusal to undergo a lie-detector test was in response to a demand from the lawyer of prime accused Biju Radhakrishnan.

Radhakrishnan and his live-in partner Saritha S Nair were arrested in 2013 for allegedly duping investors from whom they collected crores for a solar power project.

In his statement, Chandy told the commission that he had met Saritha three times, but came to know about the charges of financial fraud only after her arrest.

Chandy stated that Saritha had contributed Rs 2 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, which was acknowledged in writing from his office under his letterhead. This letterhead was found misused, he stated.

The Chief Minister also countered a statement from the state’s Intelligence ADGP

A Hemachandran that Saritha had met the Chief Minister at his office along with Sreedharan Nair, a granite quarry owner and one of the complainants in the scam.

Chandy told the commission that he had met Nair, but could not recall whether Saritha had come along with him.

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First Published on: January 27, 2016 1:15 am
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    indian
    Jan 27, 2016 at 4:31 am
    Very interesting trait about congress party. For all their scams, they say zero loss to public
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      MyTake
      Jan 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm
      CM under lie detector test? That's a very good development in establishing rule of law and committing to responsibility that come with democratic rights eventually in India. It could be made mendacity for all top level politicians as well to under go lie detector test and may be by developing question kits with some specific questions for this purpose (like do you believe it is a fair game to somehow make some money by unethical means on the sideline and for their personal benefit while in office, what is their view on terror sympathisers and how they would like to address it, do they know anyone linked to anti-socials or terror sympathisers and do they intend to some how help them, what it means for working for India and how they intent to deliver to make good of their commitments etc. etc.), when they take oath to serve the people. If it is made mandatory India will solve half of its Governance problem even before they begin they work just by getting honest and right people for the job who believe in what they say.
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        MyTake
        Jan 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm
        If the day arrives when Herald case accused are subjected to lie detector test, that will be a small step for Indian judiciary but a giant step forward for Indian democracy.
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          MyTake
          Jan 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm
          Mamata might be finding ground shifting from under her feet thinking what SARODA holds for her!
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            Ashok
            Jan 27, 2016 at 8:15 am
            Do we need to have such CM? What is yr opinion RG?
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              Balgit
              Jan 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm
              Chandy says, "I have not stated any lie and acted against my conscience." Who will decide if he did or did not state a lie? Himself? Or the Lie detector Test? It is sad, a chief Minister is unwilling to undergo a Lie-Detector Test.
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                Balgit
                Jan 27, 2016 at 8:05 am
                Why cant the NDA Govt make Lie detector, Narco tests compulsory and telephone tapping admissible in courts ? I think both the BJP and Congress dont want these type of evidences to be used in court.
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                  Rajesh
                  Jan 27, 2016 at 9:35 am
                  Chandy knows its unnecessary since everyone knows that all CONgis are liars and thieves.
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                    Rajesh
                    Jan 27, 2016 at 7:16 am
                    There is no need for such a test. CONgis are well known liars, pseudo-seculars and Nehru family bootlickers.
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                      Rajesh
                      Jan 27, 2016 at 8:25 am
                      They cant p the reforms that people elected them to p in Parliament because of disruption, and you want them to p laws that will definitely be opposed and blocked ? Do you think before you speak?
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                        Rajesh
                        Jan 27, 2016 at 7:17 am
                        Will Khujliwala bark about Chandy's resignation? Will CONGi dogs block Parliament until corrupt Chandy resigns?
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                          Kaliyug
                          Jan 27, 2016 at 2:20 am
                          A CM is is public employee drawing ry from the public money, he uses public money for his personal perks, then he refuses to come out clean. Typical Congress mentality, the one in Delhi says that no one can touch her because she is Indra hi's daughter in law. Of course Manmohan did not have to be present in the courts for the 2,3,4G scams. How is India going to be made accountable to the tax payers and voters with this atude?
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                            Kaliyug
                            Jan 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm
                            Chandy aur Sonia dono chor hai!
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                              Harshawardhan Joshi
                              Jan 27, 2016 at 4:54 am
                              Is Oman chandy afraid?
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                                Sreenivasan
                                Jan 27, 2016 at 10:07 am
                                When the discussion is about BJP's corrupt ministers our defense is "We have already stated we are against corruption", "Our leaders cannot be corrupt because they have told us so several times" - just remember our defense arguments when Sushma and Vasundhara were being grilled ? Party defended our corruption. Congress defends their corruption. Let us say, we are both corrupt parties. Some times we do it jointly, some times we expose each other when the sharing is felt not proper.
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                                  tyhj
                                  Jan 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm
                                  Did Saritha release the stress from Chandy's body and soul. How was the therapy done.
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                                    hh
                                    Jan 27, 2016 at 1:58 am
                                    A communal nationalist is better than a corrupt anti national any day.
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                                      Ravi
                                      Jan 27, 2016 at 3:58 am
                                      The CM must under go Lie test when an allegation is made by the culprit..Joint culprit..shame to be a CM.
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                                        Dr.Karpakal Prasad
                                        Jan 27, 2016 at 5:31 am
                                        Naturally, any culprit has a right to say NO to lie detector in our Mahaan India. Remember Teawri ji ( ex Governor of Andhra Pradesh/ would have been the PM of our beloved nation) initially refused to undergo DNA test, when confronted by his Sibling !
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                                          madan gupta
                                          Jan 27, 2016 at 1:32 am
                                          send hi to jail then, it means he is a criminal.
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                                            Ramesh Mahalingam
                                            Jan 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm
                                            THIS STATEMENTS FROM THE CHIEF MINISTER CLEARLY PUTS HIM IN THE DOCK. IF SOMEBODY REFUSES TO UNDERGO THIS LIE-DETECTOR TEST, THIS CLEARLY ESTABLISHES THE FACT THAT HE IS HIDING SOMETHING IN THIS IMPORTANT MATTER. IF HE REALLY WANTS TO COME CLEAN ON THIS SUBJECT, HE SHOULD UNDERGO LIE-DETECTOR TEST. THE BEST WAY TO ANSWER ALL HIS OPPONENTS IN KERALA---JUST GOING THROUGH THIS TEST .
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