Out on bail in solar panel scam, Nair names Congress legislator

Nair said Congress legislator A P Abdullakutty pestered her with calls.

Thiruvananthapuram | Published: March 4, 2014 1:25:05 am

Indicating the return of the solar panel scam to political centrestage in Kerala on the eve of Lok Sabha elections, prime accused Saritha S Nair on Monday said several leaders had behaved indecently with her.

Nair was released last week after she got bail in nearly three dozen cases. “I want to reveal many things. Many leaders would lose sleep in the coming days. I want to take revenge upon those who cheated me. I have evidence beyond details of telephone calls,’’ she told the media.

Nair said Congress legislator A P Abdullakutty pestered her with calls. “One day he invited me to Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram, but I did not go. On the day I was arrested, Abdullakutty messaged me pleading not to reveal his name.’’

She said the young Congress legislator called her to install solar power solution in his constituency in Kannur. After I gave my telephone number, he made indecent calls even late at night. I can’t say what Abdullakutty spoke to me.’’

“In Kerala, women cannot run a business. If I gave my phone number to a leader, that night I could not sleep due to their repeated calls. They want me to meet their many demands. Even if such demands are met, the support for business would not come,’’ said Nair.

Nair said, “Let leaders understand the stress and pain I had gone through. I would reveal against more leaders in the coming days. Many things I could not disclose. I lost sleep for many months. Let these leaders lose their sleep.’’

The scam rocked Kerala after Nair’s arrest last June. She, along with co-accused Biju Radhakrishnan, were accused of cheating investors promising to make them promoters of windmill farms and install solar power solutions. Three personal aides of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy lost their jobs over alleged links with Nair.

Her phone call details showed that several Congress leaders including ministers were in touch with her. It was revealed the ministers made calls to Nair at odd hours. Faced with the allegation, Abdullakutty on Monday told the media it was a bid to spoil his political career and refused to speak more.

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