Solar probe panel again asks Saritha S Nair to submit letter

Solar probe

The Justice Sivarajan Commission probing the solar scam has once again asked Saritha S Nair, prime accused in the case, to submit the controversial letter she had written while in Pathanamthitta jail. Rejecting Saritha’s claim that the letter was personal, the Commission said that the letter has “lost its personal status now”.

Former Police Commissioner Alexander Jacob had deposed before the commission earlier that he knew the content of the letter. The names of 13 prominent people including a top cop were mentioned in the letter, Jacob had said, adding that there was no mention of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in it.

Meanwhile, the Commission also accepted co­accused Biju Radhakrishnan’s request to crossexamine Saritha in the case. The Commission said Saritha should appear before it on January 28. Saritha had earlier said that she had no objection to being cross­examined by Biju. However, Biju’s request to cross­examine Chandy was turned down by the Commission.

Chandy should appear before the Commission on January 25, the Commission said. The Commission also said that report will be submitted before April 27. There will not be an interim report. The Commission has asked the state government to ensure that all the witnesses appear before it.

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