SIT submits chargesheet against Saritha, Biju Radhakrishnan

Police said charges of cheating, impersonation, destruction of evidence and fabrication of fake documents were slapped against the accused.

Published: 31st July 2013 07:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2013 12:01 PM   |  A+A-


The SIT of the solar panel scam submitted the first chargesheet against key accused Saritha S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan before the Judicial Magistrate Court here on Tuesday.

The team is probing 33 cases in connection with cheating of various persons in the name of solar plant installation.

Chengannur DySP Prasannan Nair, also a member of the SIT, said Sections 406, 420, 419 and 201 of the IPC were charged against Saritha and Biju in connection with a complaint by the owner of a private hospital at Nedumpram near here.

The case was registered on the basis of the petition of the hospital-owner before the court. Earlier, Pulikkezhu police had registered a case against ‘Lakshmi’ Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan.

Following Saritha’s arrest, the petitioner identified her as ‘Lakshmi’. Pulikkezhu police handed over the case diary to the SIT.

Police said charges of cheating, impersonation, destruction of evidence and fabrication of fake documents were slapped against the accused.

“Both the accused had offered to set up solar panels in the hospital at a cheap rate. They collected `4 lakh from Dr. Peter Manakku, the owner of the hospital, as an advance amount,” the chargesheet stated.

Biju Files Complaint

 Solar case accused Biju Radhakrishnan on Tuesday filed a three-page written complaint before the Kottarakkara Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, where he was produced in connection with a case relating to the murder of his first wife Reshmi.  It is learnt that the complaint expressed displeasure at the investigation against him in the murder case. He also alleged attempts to transfer him from the Pathanamthitta jail. Biju urged the court to lodge him either in Pathanamthitta or Kottarakkara jail as he was facing threat to his life.

 Biju had made a similar plea on Monday before the Pathanamthitta Judicial First Class Magistrate Court II.

The Kottarakkara court will consider the complaint on Thursday after receiving a report from the Superintendent of Pathanamthitta District Jail.

Plea Rejected

Biju Radhakrishnan also sought permission to speak to the media, but the court rejected the plea citing that the matter needed to be decided by higher courts.

 The written complaint was filed by Biju, after he told the court that he had not pleaded guilty in the murder case before the Crime Branch and had certain apprehensions about the probe, which he wanted to state before the court.

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