The Tiruvalla Judicial Magistrate Court on Tuesday sent Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha S Nair, the first and second accused respectively in the solar scam case, to police custody for three days.
The prosecution requested the police custody of the accused in connection with the cases registered at Pulikkezhu and Keezhvaipur police stations. Both the accused were brought from the Pathanamthitta sub-jail and produced in the Tiruvalla court at 4 pm.
The Pulikkezhu police had registered a case against Saritha S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan as per the directive of the Tiruvalla Magistrate Court in connection with a cheating complaint, in which they offered to set up solar panels in a hospital at Nedumbram, near here, at a cheap rate.
The accused received Rs 4 lakh as advance from Dr Peter, the owner of the hospital, in July 2012. However, they failed to install the panel.
Another case was filed against them at Keezhvaipur police station by George Varghese, of Kallooppara, for cheating him of Rs 1.5 lakh by offering to install a solar inverter in his house.
Public prosecutor N Jalaja requested the court to send both the accused in police custody for evidence collection.
Meanwhile, counsel of Saritha, Fenny Balakrishnan, and Biju Radhakrishnan’s counsel N T Babu requested the court to reduce the number of days of custody by taking into consideration the health of the accused persons. Counsel of the accused said they would submit the bail petition before the Tiruvalla court later.
A police special team led by Chengannur DySP Prasannan Nair and Tiruvalla DySP Thampi S Durgadutt were present in the court.
The special investigation team took both the accused in custody at Venmony police station.