Kerala solar scam gets murkier,Opposition demands Chandy’s resignation

Leader of Opposition sought the CM's resignation on moral grounds.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: November 20, 2013 5:18:27 pm

The solar panel scam is back to haunt the Congress government in Kerala with the recent statement of an alleged accused in a magistrate court that two state ministers,a union minister from Kerala and an IPS officer had physical relations with Saritha S Nair,the prime accused in the case. Corroborating the allegation,the additional chief judicial magistrate (economic offences) in Kochi had stated to the high court vigilance registrar that Nair had told him that she was raped.

Based on the revelations,Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on charges of protecting his cabinet colleagues who had sexually abused Nair.

“Nair’s co-accused Biju Radhakrishnan had told the court that she was sexually exploited by a state minister,a former state minister and a union minister from Kerala. Chandy should have sacked the two ministers from his cabinet. Instead,he tried to suppress the rape case. Hence,Chandy should go,’’ said Achuthanandan.

The Opposition leader said it was deplorable that the chief minister had tried to protect the rapists. Chandy was reluctant to reveal what Radhakrishnan had discussed with him in a closed door meeting in Kochi last year. Now,it is clear that Radhakrishnan took up the sexual abuse of the ministers with the chief minister,he said.

The sexual allegations doing rounds in the solar scam had got a twist last week when Kochi additional chief magistrate (economic offences) N V Raju told the high court registrar that Nair had stated that she was sexually abused. The registrar had recorded the statement of the magistrate as part of a probe into his failure to record the statement of Nair,when she was produced in the court. Registrar (vigilance) had found lapses on the part of the magistrate to record the woman’s statement. The magistrate had heard Nair in camera for 20 minutes after she wanted to give a statement to the court. The magistrate said Nair had answered in the affirmative to a question whether anyone had rape her.

This was followed by another statement given by Radhakrishnan last week in a magistrate court at Tirur in North Kerala that a union minister from Kerala,a state minister,a former state minister and a IPS officer in the rank of IG had exploited Saritha Nair sexually as well as financially.

Radhakrishnan had sought special permission to give the statement in the court,where he was produced in connection with a case pertaining to forgery. Later,emerging out of the court,Radhakrishnan said the chief minister had been told about Nair’s links with the ministers.

Later,Radhakrishnan’s advocate Jacob Mathew had told the media Radhakrishnan has in his possession sensitive video clippings showing Nair’s relation with the ministers and her diary,which has given details about her relations. The video clippings were recorded by Nair herself. Radhakrishnan is ready to hand over the documents to an investigating agency in the presence of media,said Mathew.

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