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Solar scam accused opts out of in-camera proceedings

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Kochi, Feb 2: Saritha ir, one of the prime accused in the solar panel scam in Kerala, on Tuesday told the judicial commission probing the case that she would not prefer in-camera proceedings but would hand over written statements on her trials and tribulations while in the solar panel business. Deposing before the panel on Tuesday morning for the fifth consecutive day, ir was told that she has two options — either to give her statement during in-camera proceedings or in writing. ir said she preferred secrecy and chose the second option.

She said she would hand over two statements on her sufferings during the solar panel business. “I will give two sealed covers to the commission, one would include all persol issues and the other would be related to business,” ir told reporters after coming out of the commission office in the afternoon. Her deposition before the commission concluded on Tuesday. On Monday, she said she was “used physically and mentally” by many politicians. She also handed over three CDs containing telephonic conversations between Congress leaders and documents to prove her allegations.

Like in the past few days, on Tuesday too she blamed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and said he was responsible for the rise and the fall of their solar panel business. She also said Congress legislators Benny Behan and P.C. Vishnuth took money from her for their political needs, but no receipt was given. ir and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishn were arrested in 2013 on charges of cheating numerous investors, who paid money for solar panels. Over 30 cases of cheating against the two have been registered in various courts. Police estimate that they cheated investors to the tune of over Rs.6 crore. While ir is out on bail, Radhakrishn is in jail on charges of murdering his first wife. ir alleged that she paid Rs.1.9 crore in two instalments which, she claimed, was part of the Rs.7 crore bribe demanded by Chandy. (IANS)

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