KOCHI: Saritha S Nair, the accused in the solar scam, stated before the Solar Commission on Wednesday that the allegation against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was not part of her conspiracy with Kerala Congress (B) chairman, R Balakrishna Pillai, his son Ganesh Kumar MLA and the LDF.
Giving answers to suggestive questions raised by senior advocate S Sreekumar, appearing for Oommen Chandy, Saritha answered that she is not part of any political outfits.
Saritha denied that she is backed by political parties and said she didn’t need any support to speak the truth.
She stood firm on her bribe allegations against Oommen Chandy. Similarly, she also stood firm on the statement that she along with Konni based businessman Sreedharan Nair had visited Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at his office in secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram. She also repeated that bribe was paid to CM’s aide Thomas Kuruvilla.
Saritha admitted that she met the Chief Minister on several occasions. She also visited the residence and office of CM several times. She had close connections with CM’s personal staff members Gikkumon, Joppan and Salim Raj. They contacted Saritha for their personal and official needs. The connection she maintained with personal staff members of the CM was not used as reference for her business, she deposed.
She denied that there was any relationship with Ganesh Kumar MLA. However, she admitted hat it was after the direction of R Balakrishna Pillai that she stayed at the house of his relative Manoj Kumar after being released on bail.