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Never had interest in solar business: Chandy Oommen

Never had interest in solar business: Chandy Oommen

Thiruvananthapuram: Breaking his silence over charges levelled by solar scam accused against him, Chandy Oommen, son of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Tuesday said he had never harboured any interest in it or any other business concern, as was alleged.

A due process of law is presently underway and attempts of individuals with "questionable character" to undermine its sanctity requires a response which is as per law, he said in a Facebook post.

"There is a due process of law that is presently underway and all of us have to respect the same. Attempts by individuals with questionable character to undermine its sanctity requires a response which is enshrined within the process of law," he said.

His response comes after allegations were made by solar scam prime accused Saritha S Nair, who in her depositions before the Justice Sivarajan commission, had alleged that she had been told by the Chief Minister to create the Kerala Renewable Energy Cooperative Society Ltd, involving Chandy Oommen and some other family members.

She had also alleged that Chandy Oommen was a partner of an American firm called Starflames Inc and it was suggested that the US-based company could be used for importing solar panel required for the institution to be formed in Kerala.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi's words "They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience", Chandy Oommen said he drew comfort from these words in the last three days when "wild allegations" had been levelled against him.

"Despite deep provocation and many calls of deep concern from friends, associates and well wishers, I have chosen to remain silent. I believe that my silence is the perfect response to the wild statements that do not even deserve a denial from my end.

"My well wishers are aware that I have or never had any interest in solar or any other business concern. Truth always stands the test of time and it will be no different this time!" he said.

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