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Cong MLA harassed me: suspect in solar scam
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Thiruvananthapuram , March 03, 2014
First Published: 17:15 IST(3/3/2014)
Last Updated: 17:23 IST(3/3/2014)

Saritha Nair, the prime accused in the Kerala solar panel scam, on Monday raised a serious allegation against Congress MLA AP Abullakutty, also a former MP, saying he misbehaved with her and invited her to his hotel room on several occasions.

She hinted a few other leaders also behaved indecently with her, but said she would reveal their names in the days to come.

The solar scam relates to alleged fraud by Saritha and her second husband with the help of a few staff members of chief minister Oommen Chandy's office. They promised unsuspecting customers imported solar panels. Once the scam surfaced, CM Chandy had to sack three of his aides and Kerala's public relations director.

"(For) almost two months, Abullakutty used to call me in the night. He even invited me to his room just two months before my arrest… Details of conversations can't be divulged now (as it would be in bad taste)," Saritha (36), who was released on bail last week after spending  eight months in jail, said. There are at least 40 cases of cheating pending against her. She said the MLA had sent several mobile text messages to her counsel pleading not to reveal his name to the police.

Saritha said she would reveal more names soon. "I suffered badly in jail. Let some of the leaders be sleepless for a few days," she said. The solar scam accused's statement instantly created a storm as Lok Sabha polls are just around the corner. Opposition Left Democratic Front has promised taking up the solar scam issue.

"I want to reveal many things. I am sure many leaders will lose their sleep in coming days. In many cases, I have evidence beyond details of phone calls," she said.

The Congress MLA, however, denied the allegations against him. "Saritha is becoming a tool in the hands of my political opponents. As a public servant, I would have attended to some calls but I do not remember making so many calls to her," he said. AbdullaKutty, two-time CPM MP from Kannur (north Kerala), joined the Congress after the CPM expelled him from the party for praising Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.


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