'UDF leader offered help to close solar scam case'

Sarita S Nair, prime accused in the controversial solar panel fraud case, said on Thursday that she would reveal more details about the case at an appropriate time.

Speaking to reporters outside a court in Thiruvananthapuram, she said a prominent leader of the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) had offered to help her out of the case and she would reveal his identity later.

“This is not a threat, it’s just that I’m fed up,” she said. Sarita’s mother Indira on Tuesday alleged that a senior UDF leader suppressed a statement by her daughter that could have triggered more trouble for the scandal-hit government.

Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court sought from the state government details of cases with Sarita as the key accused along with the source of money with which the accused had settled some cases with complainants and obtained bail in others.

A total of 33 cases that involved fraud of about Rs 6 crore were originally registered against Sarita after the scam – where she and her partner Biju Radhakrishnan lured potential investors into non-existent solar and wind energy projects by citing connections with ministers and prominent political leaders – was exposed last year. She is awaiting bail in two more cases to be out of jail. The cases will be heard on Tuesday.

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