Thiruvananthapuram | Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said that he would challenge the verdict of a Bengaluru court, directing him and five others to pay around Rs 1.6 crore with 12 per cent interest, to a businessman for a solar project that did not materialise.
“I am confident that I will be able to prove my innocence in the case,” he told reporters here.
“The court verdict came due to my own carelessness. I did not take the case seriously as I was sure that I was not involved in it,” he said.
The Congress leader said the petitioner in the case, businessman M K Kuruvilla, had met him when he was the chief minister and complained that he had been duped by his relative Andrews and Personal Assistant Daljit.
“I had told him that I did not have a relative by the name of Andrews or a Personal Assistant named Daljit. Still the complaint was handed over to the DGP for a probe,” Chandy said.
A local court in Bengaluru had on October 24 directed six persons, including Chandy and a firm to together pay Rs 1,60,85,700 to Bengaluru-based businessman M K Kuruvilla, with 12 per cent interest.
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