'This is the real truth about my illicit relations with politicians': Solar scam Saritha hands over sealed envelope

Deposing before a judicial commission probing the solar panel scam, prime accused Saritha S Nair today produced a sealed cover containing details of powerful politicians who allegedly sexually abused her in Kerala.

Saritha Nair. PTI

Saritha Nair. PTI

The Justice G Sivarajan commission probing the scam had allowed Saritha to produce details of the alleged incidents and supporting documentary evidences in sealed covers.

Saritha said another sealed cover containing more details about the sexual abuse will be produced before the panel tomorrow. "This is the real truth about the allegations regarding my illicit relations with leading politicians," Saritha said while producing a "strictly confidential sealed cover" before the Commission.

During a cross examination by the Commission lawyer about her call details with powerful politicians and their staff in the state, Saritha admitted that there were "over 2000 telephonic calls between her and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's personal staff" during the 2012-2013 period.

Nair alleges that a part of the money she received from one of her company's clients, Sreedharan Nair, was given to Chandy as a bribe.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Saritha Nair says she had the freedom to walk in to Chandy's home anytime, "I was that close", she says. Chandy has rubbished all allegations.

Tenny Joppan and Jikkumon were removed from Chandy's personal staff after the scam broke out in 2013.

She admitted that there were 1736 telephonic calls between her and Joppan and she had chat with Jikkumon 615 times. Records show Saritha and Thomas Kuruvilla, Chandy's unofficial aide in New Delhi, had "exchanged 205 telephonic calls".

Between Chandy's gunman Salim Raj and Saritha had around "416 phone calls" during the period. The Times of India reports that 180 calls were from the CM's official residence.

During the 2012-2013 period, Saritha and Chandy's residence exchanged around 180 telephone calls. She said she had "telephoned Ramesh Chennithala when he was the KPCC president." Though she made 11 calls in his mobile, call records show that he did not make any call to her.

However, the records show 127 calls made between her and Chennithala's P A in Delhi, one Pradosh. She admitted that she maintained "communication" with ministers including Aryadan Muhammad, K C Joseph, A P Anil Kumar, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and K P Mohanan.

Call records also revealed the communication she had maintained with MPs M I Shanavas K C Venugopal and Jose K Mani and MLAs Hybi Eden, P C Vishnunath, A P Abdullakutty and Benny Behnnan.

The scam pertains to alleged duping of several persons to the tune of crores of rupees by Sarita and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar panel solutions.

Meanwhile, expressing displeasure over certain remarks made against it by Kerala Labour Minister Shibu Baby John, the Commission sought an explanation from him. His lawyer has been asked to be present before the Commission.

Saritha Nair has alleged she had paid a bribe of Rs.1.9 crore to the Chief Minister through Thomas Kuruvilla - an aide. In recent days, Chandy has chucked out three official aides after they were named as alleged middlemen in the scam which traces its roots to 2013.

The genesis of the scam goes back to 2013 when a fake solar energy company named Team Solar -- floated by Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha S. Nair -- duped several influential people of about 70 million rupees by offering to make them business partners. They also allegedly received advance payments by offering to install solar power units . The company used two women to create political contacts with links leading up to the Chief Minister's office. CNN IBN has the lowdown.

With PTI inputs

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