Thrissur: Saritha Nair, the main accused of the solar panel scam, has made damaging claims about Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's son, dragging him into the controversy that has threatened the senior Chandy’s position.
According to reports, she alleged that she had met Chandy Oommen, the CM’s son, at the Chief Minister’s official residence, to discuss setting up of a renewable energy firm with junior Chandy as the director.
The solar scam relates to the duping of several persons by the two prime accused -- S Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan -- who had promised to install solar power panels for them.
Making her disposition before the Solar Judicial Commission on the third day, Saritha said that she has met the Chief Minister many times and not just three times as mentioned by Oommen Chandy before the commission.
Adding that Chandy junior had planned to import solar panels from the US in which he allegedly had stake, she hinted at another woman accused being involved in the scam, but refused to divulge her details.
The controversy, one of the biggest to rock the state in decades, has questioned the reputation of the Congress government in the state after Sarita accused that she had bribed both the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Power Minister Aryadan Mohammad.
Sarita was arrested in 2013 and ever since, has been making damaging revelations about the Chief Minister. Her claims of having paid Rs. 1.9 crore bribe to Chief Minister in two instalments through his aides have been decried as baseless by the battered Chandy, who said that he has suspended the three aides in question....