Kochi | A prime accused in the solar panel scam today made a sensational claim that he is in possession of video clippings in which six powerful politicians, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, talking to his partner Saritha S Nair and engaging in wrong situations.
Deposing before Justice G Sivarajan Commission, which is probing the scam, prime accused Biju Radhakrishnan said he had shown the videos of five politicians with Saritha to the Chief Minister.
He, however, did not deliberately show the sixth person’s video as it was the Chief Minister himself. I have evidence with me to prove this. I will produce it, if required, he said in his deposition recorded today.
There was no immediate reaction from Chief Minister’s office or of the ministers and others’ against whom the allegations were made but Leader of the Opposition V S Achuthanandan demanded Chandy’s resignation.
Radhakrishnan, now serving life term in jail for murder of his first wife, said he had met Chief Minister while he was on the run following the arrest of Saritha after the scam came to light.
Police and media had said I was in Coimbatore. In such a situation, I went to Thiruvananthapuram via Nagercoil to meet the Chief Minister personally in a car arranged by a priest of Sucheendram temple because I was a trustee of that temple, said Radhakrishnan, who had allegedly cheated many people of lakhs of rupees along with Saritha after promising solar energy solutions.
Two weeks before Saritha was arrested, I had got an evidence from the material which was in her possession. I don’t know whether it (the evidence) was taken for blackmailing or for self defence. When I saw this, I felt a strong anger towards Saritha. Most probably, such an evidence would have been collected because of a woman’s helplessness.
….I don’t know whether Saritha had collected the evidence using button camera or pen camera. Whatever it may be, the video clippings show six prominent persons talking to her and engaging in wrong situations, he said in the open sitting of the commission here.
Radhakrishnan said, five others who figure in the video clippings included Labour Minister Shibu Baby John, Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar, Hybi Eden MLA, Congress leader Aryadan Shoukkath and one Nazarullah, a member of Anil Kumar’s personal staff.
The solar scam came into the limelight in June 2013 had rocked Kerala. Chief Minister’s office was under a cloud over the solar panel scam.
After the scam broke out, the opposition had demanded resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as the names of two of his personal staff had come up during probe
During the hearing, Biju Radhakrishnan also alleged that he had personally given Rs 5.5 crore to Chandy and his aide in connection with setting up two big solar projects in the state.
Meanwhile, Achuthanandan demanded Chandy’s resignation, saying he has no moral right to continue as the Chief Minister of the state.
This Chief Minister is a humiliation for Kerala. …No other Chief Minister could contribute such a shame on Kerala, he said.
Achuthanandan also urged the solar panel commission to immediately seize the video clippings from Biju Radhakrishnan.
Otherwise the Chief Minister will adopt all heinous means to take those in his possession, he said.
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