Saritha Nair, Biju Radhakrishnan found guilty in first verdict on a solar scam case
news Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 05:30
A magistrate court in Kerala has found Saritha Nair and partner Biju Radhakrishnan guilty for fraud in one case relating to the solar scam that had rocked Kerala and have sentenced them to three years cumulative rigorous imprisonment. However, Saritha will not need to go to prison as she has been given bail. The couple have been found guilty of forging documents and signatures, including that of Farooq Abdullah to get contracts for installing solar panels. The Pattanamthitta magistrate court has also asked Saritha to pay a fine of Rs 45 lakhs and and Biju Radhakrishnan to pay Rs 25 lakhs. The case was given by a man named Baburaj from Pattanamthitta, from whom the couple had taken Rs 1 crore and 19 lakh to provide solar panels. The couple had used different names while approaching the businessman. There are 33 cases against the couple, this is the first judgment in a solar scam case. The Rs.7 crore Solar Scam had rocked the Oommen Chandy government after it was found that three of his staffers maintained links with Saritha Nair, the staffers were sacked after the scam surfaced in June 2013. Nair, along with her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan, had been accused of cheating many investors by promising to supply them solar panels worth millions of rupees. The scam however became a huge controvery after Saritha's links with many top politicians was exposed.
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