As Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani on Monday reiterated that P C George be removed as government chief whip, a letter purportedly written by solar scam accused Saritha S Nair came out with sexual allegations against Mani’s son and Member of Parliament Jose K Mani.
Last week, when Kerala Congress (M) had decided to remove George as the chief whip, he had dropped hints of some sensational revealations. George had said, “I wept after reading Saritha S Nair’s letter. I hope there won’t be a situation to reveal its content.”
George had recently estranged from Mani over the bar bribery scandal after he opined that Mani should have resigned in the wake of the scam. Mani got the party legislators on his side and ensured that George be punished. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had earlier said a decision on George would be taken on Monday.
Although Chandy tried for a compromise in a bid to retain George within the UDF, Mani hardened his stand. Sensing that he may be axed, George had challenged Mani to sack him. Close on the heels of the challenge, came out the letter allegedly written by Nair, who had earlier raised sexual assault charges against several politicians in Kerala.
After being arrested in the solar panel scam in 2013, Nair had alleged that she was sexually abused by several ministers, MPs and MLAs. While in jail, she had written a 21-page affidavit, which was handed over to her lawyer through the jail superintendent.
On Monday, when George’s removal looked imminent, only two pages of the letter came out. It alleged that junior Mani showed Nair his private parts and invited for her for sex. “In another incident in Delhi, he invited me to his flat and hugged me. He also behaved with me indecently. Jose K Mani has doctorate in telephone sex,” she wrote in the letter.
The letter suggsted that every leader whom she had met for business purpose wanted to exploit her sexually. “Solar project papers did not move despite allowing them to exploit me sexually,” read the letter.
Nair, however, disowned the content of the letter shown in media. “I had written a letter. But, the one came in the media was not written by me. My original letter did not have Jose K Mani’s name. In the present political situation, my name is being misused for making political gains,” Nair said.
Junior Mani, who represents Kottayam in Lok Sabha, said he would not succumb to the blackmail politics. “My political life is an open book. I would approach the police to probe into this letter,” said the MP.
However, after the letter came out, P C George resorted to remain silent. “I had read the letter. I know its content, but could not react at this moment,’’ said George.
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