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Chandy concealed facts in solar scam: Achuthanandan

Chandy concealed facts in solar scam: Achuthanandan

Thiruvananthapuram: Adding a new dimension to the solar scam, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan Wednesday accused Chief Minister Oommen Chandy of shielding three prominent persons, including his cabinet colleague and a union minister from the state, over their alleged relationship with scam accused Saritha Nair.

Reading out a written statement at a press meet here, he said the lawyer of solar case accused Biju Radhakrishnan had reportedly claimed that Saritha was "physically exploited" by a Union Minister, a minister in the cabinet and a former minister.

Achuthanandan claimed that Biju had shared this information with Chandy when he met him at a government guest house before the scam surfaced.

He alleged that Chandy had violated the oath of office by concealing this 'serious' aspect of the case and failing to take action against his colleagues.

"Chandy would do well by expelling the minister in his cabinet before visuals concerning the allegation come out," the opposition leader said and demanded that the Chief Minister tender a public apology for 'misleading' the people and also investigators.

The solar scam pertains to financial cheating of several persons allegedly by Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha Nair by offering them solar energy solutions.

Both of them are facing cases in different courts in the state and have been on remand for the last several months.

The scam snowballed into a major political row after the arrest of a personal assistant in Chandy's office for allegedly aiding the accused.

Opposition LDF has been running a high-voltage campaign, demanding Chandy's resignation over the issue.


Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan on Wednesday asked chief minister Oommen Chandy to step down in the view of a revelation by solar scam accused Biju Radhakrishnan that two ministers and a former minister in the UDF government had financial and physical relationship with Saritha S Nair, another key accused in the solar case.

Talking at a press conference here, Achuthanandan demanded that the accused ministers be ousted from the Cabinet. He also said that the chief minister’s act of protesting the tainted ministers was against the code of conduct.

“The chief minister should expel the ministers before the video clips are disclosed. He had the knowledge that his ministers sexually exploited Saritha Nair. But he concealed it duping the people,” said the CPI-M veteran.

Biju Radhakrishnan has put the Congress party in pressure by revealing that a central minister, a state minister and a former minister had financial and physical relationship with Saritha Nair.

His counsel later told media that he had the proof that Union minister K C Venugopal, State minister for Tourism A P Anil Kumar, and former minister for sports K B Ganesh Kumar had physical relation with Saritha. He also said that he would reveal them before the media at an appropriate time.

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