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Solar scam: Paid Rs 1.90 crore bribe to Chandy, claims key accused

Saritha Nair told the judicial commission that Oommen Chandy’s personal assistant Jikkumon Jacob had demanded Rs 7 crore for the chief minister.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 28, 2016 2:45 am
Kerala solar scam, oommen chandy, saritha nair Just a day ago, solar scam accused Saritha S Nair, in a recorded conversation, had stated that there is a lobby among Congress ministers in Kerala, who trap women, sexually exploit and exchange them among the colleagues.

Deposing before a judicial commission probing the ‘solar scam’, prime accused in the case Saritha S Nair Wednesday alleged that she had paid a bribe of Rs 1.90 crore to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy through his personal aides to set up mega power projects in the state. Nair also claimed she had paid a bribe of Rs 40 lakh to Power Minister and senior Congress leader Aryadan Muhammed.

Denying the allegations, Chandy said, “For what purpose would she have bribed me? Did she get any advantage or financial benefit from the state government that requires payment of bribe? Nair and her company Team Solar had not gained the benefit of a single paisa from the government. Nor had the government incurred any loss in the fraud.”

Nair’s allegations come a day after Chandy refused to undergo a lie-detector test while deposing before the judicial commission.
Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan together floated the firm Team Solar Renewable Energy Solutions Private Limited in 2011, and were arrested in 2013 for allegedly duping investors from whom they collected crores for a solar power project. Last month, Radhakrishnan, now serving life term for the murder of his wife, claimed before the commission that he had paid Rs 5.5 crore to Chandy as bribe.

Nair told the commission Wednesday that after forming the company in 2011, she and Radhakrishnan wanted to handle mega power projects in the solar sector. She said she was deputed to win government projects as well as concessions and incentives from the government.

She claimed she first met Chandy in his office under the name Lakshmi Nair and briefed him about a project, following which the CM asked her to meet Muhammed. She said she met the power minister and later approached Chandy again, as she had not heard back from the government.

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

Nair alleged that Chandy’s additional personal assistant Jikkumon Jacob got in touch with her and demanded a Rs 7 crore bribe for the CM. She claimed that she paid the first instalment of the bribe — Rs 1.10 crore — to Chandy’s Delhi-based unofficial aide Thomas Kuruvilla on December 27, 2012. The amount was handed over to him in his car, she claimed. The second instalment of the bribe — Rs 80 lakh — was paid to Jacob in Nair’s house in Thiruvananthapuram in May, 2013, she claimed.

She also alleged Muhammed’s personal secretary Keshavan demanded Rs 2 crore as bribe in exchange for government assistance to implement solar projects. But he was paid a total of Rs 40 lakh on two occasions in 2013 at his official residence in Thiruvananthapuram, she claimed.


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  1. DRRao Deshpande
    Jan 27, 2016 at 10:41 am
    Let complete inquiry be completed the corrupt persons involved will be identified and punished by court..
    1. Harry Achari
      Jan 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm
      I agree completely with mullappally., he is a patriot for malayalee who dares to speak. Kerala was ruling only by minority appeasing parties( communist and congress) who having secret alliance ( we saw at the center and Bengal ) or minority itself, leaving Kerala without opposition for 65 years. We have " secular" parties like Muslim league and Kerala congress ( christian parties) and we have majority slaves, you can call them ' dangerous appeasers or traitors' who are educated fools who serves as slaves for minority bosses, who like to please their minority bosses, who destroy their kids future. Their next generation are, were and will be ignored from benefit of government. They are victims of descrimination. Temples are looted under name devaswam board. There is no clarity where pilgrims money is flowing. Income from temples and civil supply's alcohol business are the two major income is the state, while incomes from mosques and churches are untouched. These educated fools ( majority) and job beggars never understand it. They are proud of being slaves of the minority as they get a smile from bosses as reward. I would commit suicide if I have to live like a slave like this, appeasing the entire life. Corrupt communist were the Chinese supporters when China attacked India. Communists are doing everything against India. I am sure if there is war with stan they will support stan because CPM and other lefts are sponsored by China and stan. These poisonous street rowdies still are a strong political party. It's time to wake up if not it will be too late. We definitely need an opposition. We will surely see on the emergence of opposition these husband and wife ( congress and communist) will stop playing drama and they will get unmasked. We will see their real face when ally together. Mullappally is a hero. I hope he will become our CM very soon.
      1. Harry Achari
        Jan 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm
        Indian express and times of India and telegraph are foreign news papers originated America or Briton . The Hindu could be sponsored by ISI. They are doing their best to destabilize India. How many days were they highlighting Amir khans anti India comment? They were creating communal tension in the country. There should be some CIA activities through those news papers. Watch out people before things get wrong. Press freedom doesn't means anti national activities. Journalists should be arrested if they continued on missguide people and riotes or civil war or anarchy. In Russia those journalists became polite after they got welcomed by bullets.
        1. M
          Jan 27, 2016 at 10:02 am
          Looter of INDIA all these 60 years still looting shame on you CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and your KFC waitress and PAPPU Joker where you hide your face and bases shame on you FAKE I DYNASTY rulers and ITALIAN MAFIA spreading Christanity in my country we fully support TEAM MODI and BJP who is doing great JOB we love our country INDIA and proud to be INDIA and strong supporter of MODI
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            Krishna Prasad
            Jan 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm
            It is shame to notice that the entire State remains focused on Saritha Nair and the alleged solar scam. It is more the sleaze than anything else that appears to keep the issue live. The nature of the complaints filed before various Courts would suggest that they all relate to instance of cheating in transactions involving private individuals. The State of Kerala is facing a host of other issues that requires immediate and emergent attention. To push the key issues to the back burner and to given an attention that this issue does not deserve , the entire political cl is sacrificing the larger interest of the people of the State and the basic duty that they owe to the public.
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