Kerala solar panel scam: Oommen Chandy refutes allegations levelled by prime accused

Oommen Chandy said he takes pride for sending Radhakrishnan to jail in connection with the murder of his wife Reshmi in 2006

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: December 4, 2015 12:54:20 am
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Thursday refuted the allegations levelled against him by solar scam prime accused Biju Radhakrishnan. While deposing before the judicial commission probing the 2013 scandal, Radhakrishnan had alleged Wednesday that he had paid Rs 5.5 crore as bribe to the Congress leader.

He had further alleged that Chandy had a relationship with other scam accused Saritha S Nair.

As opposition raised the disclosures in the assembly, Chandy hit back saying he would not succumb to blackmail politics. Referring to Radhakrishnan’s claim that he had evidence to prove the CM’s relationship with Nair, Chandy said: “If there is even one per cent truth in the allegations then I am not eligible to continue in public life. Why Radhakrishnan did not reveal this allegation either to the media or to the court in the past. If Radhakrishan fails to produce the stated evidence, I will think about legal course of action.’’

Radhakrishnan is currently undergoing life imprisonment in connection with the murder of his wife Rashmi in 2006. “Even though I have to pay the price for sending him into jail in this manner, I have no regret,’’ said Chandy.

Radhakrishnan had also claimed that Nair, who was his business and live-in partner, had relationships with ministers A P Anil Kumar, Shibu Baby John, Congress leaders Hybi Eden, Aryadan Shoukkath and a staff member associated with minister Kumar.

Denying the allegations, John asked Radhakrishnan to produce the graphic evidence that he claimed to possess against him.

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