The grand schemes of Biju Radhakrishnan and Sarita S. Nair to dupe an NRI

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Sarita S. Nair

Biju Radhakrishnan and Sarita S. Nair, sentenced to six years in jail for duping an NRI of Rs 1.19 crore, had convinced the latter with an elaborate strategy that included the telecast of his interview in a prominent Malayalam channel and the chief minister’s forged letters recommending his name for a top post in a Renewable Energy body.

The Aranmula Police registered a case against Radhakrishnan and Sarita on June 18, 2013 on a complaint by Baburaj, who alleged that the duo tricked him into paying Rs 1.60 lakh for installing a solar panels and Rs 1,17,40,000 for making him the chairman of the solar company.The accused forged the letters of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the Principal Secretary in the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

They downloaded from the internet a letter the secretary had sent to another institution and changed its content.

The prosecution proved it by letting the DTP operator who did the job turn approver.Chandy’s letter was forged in an even more audacious plan. Radhakrishnan wrote a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to the CM’s relief fund, anticipating a thank you note from Chandy.

The cheque, written in the name of R.B. Nair, was bounced but not before Chandy sent a letter to Radhakrishnan, who later fudged it.Baburaj said Radhakrishnan showed him copies of three letters in January 2013. One of them looked like Chief Minister Oommen Chandy writing to Farooq Abdullah, the then Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy. He was recommending Baburaj’s name as the Congress nominee for the Renewable Energy board’s chairman’s post.

Chandy had also written to the Department’s principal secretary, Radhakrishnan told Baburaj.He also showed him a letter, purportedly written by scientist Dr G. Prasad to Baburaj, saying the central government has allotted Rs 836 crore to generate 533 megawatt solar energy and half of it will be given directly by the ministry.

This was also proved to be a fake one.Radhakrishnan and Sarita asked Baburaj to speak to Kairali Channel. They arranged the channel employees to record the interview. The telecast of the interview was a final test of credibility for Radhakrishnan and Sarita, who had been interacting with Baburaj under the pseudonyms of R.B. Nair and Lakshmi Nair.

Sarita received Rs 44.60 lakh in seven tranches while Radhakrishnan received Rs 74.40 lakh in eight tranches, Baburaj later complained.On Thursday, magistrate R. Jayakrishnan ordered Radhakrishnan and Sarita to pay Rs 75 lakh and Rs 45 lakh, respectively, to Baburaj.They were convicted of several charges including forgery, breach of trust, impersonation and fraud.

They were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment for fraud and six months’ imprisonment on other charges. The sentences will separately run up to six years. Sarita has been let out on bail. Radhakrishnan, already undergoing rigorous imprisonment for the murder of his first wife, will stay in jail. Both of them have said they would go in appeal against the judgment.

Assistant public prosecutor R. Pradeep Kumar appeared for the prosecution. As many as 34 of the 37 witnesses were tried and 76 documents examined by the magistrate before he read out the first judgment among the many cases related to the solar scam.

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