Joppen knew of Saritha’s past, still didn’t break ties, says AG

Published: 17th July 2013 10:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2013 10:57 AM   |  A+A-

The Special Investigating team probing solar scam on Tuesday submitted before the Kerala High Court that Tenny Joppen, third accused in the case had maintained a close relationship with prime accused Saritha S Nair despite knowing that she was involved in many criminal cases across the state. Appearing for the state, the advocate general made the submission when the bail plea of Joppen came up for hearing.

Joppen had common intention with the other accused persons to cheat the public, the state said. Joppen was in touch with Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha S Nair from June 1 to July 20 in the year 2012. As many as 70 calls and messages were exchanged during the period between a phone registered in Joppen’s name and a phone used by Saritha.

The AG submitted that Joppen was only a clerk in the personal staff of the Chief Minister. When the involvement of Joppen came to light, he was removed from the CM’s office and on July 28 he was arrested by the SIT.

Joppen’s wife Julie Joseph deposed that Saritha had visited their house in Tiruvalla and his quarters in Thiruvananthapuram. Biju Radhakrishnan deposed that Saritha had procured `20 lakh for giving Joppen. Saritha is an accused in many cases and the police officials attached to Chief Minister’s office had warned Joppen about the criminal history of Saritha.

The Chengannur court had issued three arrest warrants against Saritha. Despite the fact that Saritha had a criminal past, Joppen did not stop his association with her, the AG submitted. According to Joppen, he is not named in the complaint and no specific allegation is attributed to him. Considering the submissions, Justice S S Satheesachandran directed the state to furnish the case diary in the case. Joppen was arrested from Chengannur on the basis of a complaint filed by Sreedharan Nair at the Konni police station, earlier.

The petitioner had complained that Joppen, in association with Saritha and Biju, had cheated him of Rs 40 lakh, promising to set up a solar power plant at his company in Palakkad. Pathanamthitta Judicial First Class Magistrate had dismissed the bail plea of Joppen.

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