The Kerala High Court on Thursday observed that Sreedharan Nair, a complainant in a solar scam-related cheating case, had never said in his complaint that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was involved in the case. The court also asked petitioner Joy Kaitharath of Thrissur whether the complainant had disclosed any offence against any other persons other than Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan.
The allegation that Sreedharan Nair had met Chandy along with the accused, Saritha Nair, at the Chief Minster’s Office was not supported by any material. Sreedharan had not made any allegation against the Chief Minster in his recent affidavit filed before the High Court.
Justice Harul Ul-Rasheed orally observed that the petitioner was trying to target Chandy and take political mileage on the issue. The court made the observation while hearing a petition seeking a directive to the special investigation team probing the solar scam to seize hard disks and servers of the CCTV cameras installed at the Secretariat and office of the Chief Minister in connection with the investigation. Counsel for the petitioner Ranjith Thampan submitted that the statement given by Sreedharan under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code had mentioned his visit to the Chief Minster’s Office.
Even in an affidavit filed in the High Court, Sreedharan had termed ‘incorrect’ a statement filed by Additional Director-General of Police, South Zone, and SIT chief A Hemachandran that he had made a statement before the investigation officer saying that he did not think that the Chief Minister had a role in the matter. The copy of Sreedharan’s statement has not been given to anyone. The plea of the petitioner was only a directive to seize CCTV records as part of the investigation into the cheating cases and find out whether the allegation against the Chief Minister was true or not, Thampan pointed out.
The court observed that even Sreedharan had never said in his complaint that the Chief Minister had participated in a conspiracy to cheat him.
The court pointed out that Sreedharan had never mentioned the date on which he had made a visit to the Chief Minister’s Office along with Saritha. The court asked even if he had met the Chief Minister, what was wrong with such a visit. Besides, Sreedharan or any other complainants had no case that the probe in the case is not in the right direction.