KOCHI:The money that has been used to ‘settle’ the cases related to the solar scam must have come come from the bar owners in the state, deposed CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran before the commission that inquires into the scam, in Kochi on Monday.
“The solar scam is not just a fraud case. It is a scandal that has rocked the democratic system and the administrative capital of Kerala, while baring the nexus between bureaucrats, politicians and fraudsters,” he said.
“Forty two criminal cases have been registered as part of this scam. Based on reports, the swindled amount runs into Rs 10 crore.”
In most of the cases, the victims gave money to the accused, Saritha Nair, and her partners, after they allegedly got assurances from the Chief Minister’s Office to promote their scheme to provide solar energy solutions. “Several cases related to the fraud were settled when Saritha was lodged in jail. Based on these settlements, several other cases have been withdrawn,” Rajendran said, while urging the commission to look into the amount of money that went into settling the cases.
The CPI leader also asked the commission if it has examined the visuals of 24 CCTV cameras.