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‘Letter’ twist in solar row, Chandy says charges baseless

In a new twist in the solar scam, accused Saritha S Nair had in a purported letter alleged that she was sexually abused by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who dismissed the charge as “totally baseless” and claimed it was a conspiracy.

“This is the last ditch effort to sabotage my government,” Chandy told reporters here today after a leading Malayalam news channel released the 25-page letter which Saritha had allegedly written in 2013 while she was in police custody following her arrest in the solar panel scam.

Saritha told the TV channel that she had written the letter while she was in police custody. She said that she wanted to give the letter to the Magistrate but could not do so.

The authenticity of the purported letter could not be verified, in which she alleged that she was sexually abused at the CM’s official residence.

“It is totally baseless. She had earlier told the media that my approach towards her was like a father....There is a poll-related conspiracy behind this,” Chandy told reporters, after the news channel started telecasting the contents of the purported letter.

Referring to his 14-hour long deposition before a judicial commission probing the solar scam, the Chief Minister said Saritha’s lawyer, who was present while he was cross-examined, did not give any hint about such allegations.
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