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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    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..
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      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.
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        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.
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          MohdIrfan
          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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              Chand
              Jan 28, 2016 at 5:53 am
              There appears to be some truth in the bribery revelations made by Saritha as she has explained the sequence of events and the dates. If the Chief minister Oomen Chandy or the other accused feels the accusations are fabricated they should file a defamation case against the lady and take her to court. As the election nears, Kerala politics is becoming murkier day by day and even leaders within the Congress who belong to different groups are privately trying to upstage one another. The UDF made use of P.C.George in engineering defections from LDF and now it accuses the same person on grounds of morality!
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                Rajesh
                Jan 27, 2016 at 9:44 am
                Khujli dog, will be barking about this issue or are you silent? Khujli must be a close friend of Chandy. Whether Lalu or Sheila or Somnath Bharti or Tomar, Khujliwal is best friends with criminals.
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                  Rajesh
                  Jan 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                  No, no. CONgi dogs demand people resign the moment an accusation is made. Chandy better resign right now, or all CONgis who ask BJP ministers to resign should be noted as thieves and hypocrites.
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                    Rajesh
                    Jan 27, 2016 at 9:43 am
                    Really not a surprise. Being a liar, thief and brainless family bootlicker are all requirements of becoming a CONgressman...... CONgress and corruption is like Islam and terrorism, they go hand-in-hand. Even their party symbol is a stretched out hand asking for bribe.
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                      Rajesh
                      Jan 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                      This does happen at the brothel where your mother works. But that is run by a CONgressman.
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                        Rajesh
                        Jan 28, 2016 at 7:25 am
                        Who is running the country, moron? Stupid drunkard Mallu doesnt even make any sense.
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                          Karunakaran
                          Jan 28, 2016 at 1:20 am
                          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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                            Karunakaran
                            Jan 28, 2016 at 1:19 am
                            The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai had this out of this world belief that he could be like the man who transformed Singapore. The dokhla-bhai was so certain in his ability that he got rid of all the able and educated leaders in the BJP, and kept the more incompetent and uneducated people (like himself) as his cabinet colleagues. The w of India knows that he can't deliver. But he comes up with new slogans.As if the slogans are going to create employment! And now quarterly meetings! What are these quarterly meetings going to achieve when the dockhlabhai has no education to understand what is going on! After all, the devil is in the detail, not in the report le. People of India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as their next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar is a man of education and a man of substance.
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                              Sreenivasan
                              Jan 27, 2016 at 9:49 am
                              Morality has hit a new low in Congress. A woman is the party President. But the fact has not helped a pack of alleged womanizers controlling the party in Kerala. The entire ministry should go immediately and pre-pone the embly election suitably. BJP is not rushing for the kill because an early election will not give them any advantage (for that matter, they are not going to bag even a single seat in Kerala). Otherwise, the Governor must have acted by now.
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                                Rahat Ali
                                Jan 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                                Looter of my country still looting SHAME SHAME ITALIAN MAFIA please get lost from my country otherwise ready to go TIHAR JAIL along with FAKE IS DYNASTY LOOTERS where is PAPAPU mentally sick ITALIAN JOKER where are you on HOLIDAY trip to europe moron I am Muslim I love my country first MODI is doing tremendous job in 19 months he showed lot of courage and development I love TEAM BJP and I and my friends will VOTE ONLY BJP Proud to be INDIA ( Not like SRK and AMIR jokers)
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                                  Hindu
                                  Jan 27, 2016 at 11:49 am
                                  All these thinghs are happening BECAUSE HI NEHRU OPTED FOR A SECUALR CONSUTION. EVERY Hindu must now educate rheir kids to THOROUGHLY LEARN Ramayana Bhgavad Gita and Mahabharat. Look at wht s heppening at Shani Singapur ??? We Hindus are being ATTAK-ED from all sides by these Congress goons. They are SCARED that Hindus are bouncing back. Dalit Chrisitans are also a Pest alongwith Muslims. They HATE Modi for his Hard Work and Honesty.
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                                    George Cruz
                                    Jan 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                                    Kerala is a Hindu majority state with rich Hindu culture, many historic Hindu temples, unfortunately has been hijacked by the communists and the Christians/Muslims who are blinded by their religion and falsely believe that they are secular/tolerant. It is imperative that the por BJP make inroads into Kerala to take Kerala back from these socialistic communists and the congress goons.
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                                      kamath Ramesh
                                      Jan 27, 2016 at 9:55 am
                                      Another feather in cap of congress. One more CM is charged with corruption. Whether Rahul sack this person. There must be thorough investigation on this .
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                                        Harry
                                        Jan 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                                        Even the highly educated malayalees are brain washed by the congress party by using the words of secularism, minority disadvantage and using the muslim votes they think that they can allways win the election. I was born and lived in Kerala and the corruption has allways been a part of life there. Chandy still thinks that he can stay in power and the infighting in the CPM sows he is right. In kerala you can buy anything with money and the congress is allways swim in bribery and no one beleives in judiciary any more. I have family members who hold political positions in Congress and they openly request bribed for any government work. I can say it will never change unless some leaders are send to Jail.
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                                          Paul Thomas
                                          Jan 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                                          If the source is not proved, sarita's claim is irrelevant.
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                                            Paul Thomas
                                            Jan 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                                            In view of the the sarita's interview with india today the motive is very clear: What was the LDF offer? A. They told me that if I made accusations against Oommen Chandy, they would help me get out of the solar scam (mess). They offered me Rs 10 crore and a house. There were offers to my lawyer too. Q. How much money did you make from blackmailing the high and mighty? please see the india today interview . It is very clear.
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