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Solar scam: charge sheet to be filed today

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: A special police team investigating the solar scam cases in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts will submit its first charge sheet at the Koyilandy Judicial First Class Magistrate Court here on Thursday.

Saritha S. Nair and her partner, Biju Radhakrishnan, involved in as many as 53 cases of allegedly duping investors in the State, will be named first and second accused respectively. The case registered at the Elathur police station, is that the duo had swindled Rs.12 lakh from Vincent Simon of Mokavoor, Erhanikkal after offering him franchises of Team Solar Renewable Energy Solutions Company in Palakkad and Thrissur.

Saritha had approached the victim as Lakshmi Nair, Zonal Manager of Team Solar Company, while Biju introduced himself as K.B. Nair or Biju Nair. The accused had floated the company in the guise of setting up alternative sources of energy.

However, Mr. Vincent demanded his money back when he got no information from them after three months. The victim was given a post-dated cheque that bounced. He gave the money after selling the land in the name of his wife at Shoranur in Palakkad district. Mr. Vincent was employed as a driver in the Gulf for 18 years, investigators told The Hindu on Wednesday.

K. Manimon, who had forged documents and certificates for the couple, had been named third accused in the case. Manimon, who had been met Biju at Yerwada Central Prison, Pune, in 2010, had secured forged driving licences issued by the Regional Transport Offices at Changanassery and Kollam for Saritha and Biju. The fake driving licences had been used by them as original identification proof for obtaining a Director Identification Number (DIN) from the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs for starting a company. Separate cases have been registered against Manimon for forging documents.

Thamarassery Deputy Superintendent of Police Jaison K. Abraham, who probed the case, is also investigating two more cases in Kozhikode district and one in Malappuram. One of them pertained to duping Abdul Majeed, owner of Associated Steels Yard, here of Rs. 42.70 lakh after promising him franchises in solar panel and windmill farm companies. The probe has been completed in the case and the charge sheet will be filed in the Vadakara court shortly.

Another case against them is for defrauding a school Principal of Rs.2 lakh at Vadakara. And, the fourth one is cheating T. Mubarak, a medical practitioner at Perinthalamanna in Malappuram district. Saritha and Biju were charged under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120 (B) [criminal conspiracy] of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) while Manimon, Section 120 (B) of the IPC.

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