Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paid Rs 5 lakh to Benny Behanan, 2 lakh to Vishnunath, says Saritha

KOCHI: Saritha S Nair, accused in the solar case, told the commission that she paid money to MLAs Benny Behanan and P C Vishnunath. I gave Rs 5 lakh to Benny Behanan for the party fund. Rs 2 lakh was given to P C Vishnunath in 2011 for Manavika Yatra. However, she said that she had not obtained any receipt for it. She informed the commission that she will produce evidences as and when she gets it.

Saritha said that she has given money not only to congress leaders but to many other politicians. She said that she knew Benny Behanan earlier. Gave Rs 2 lakh to Vishnunatha in two instalments-one lakh during his yatra in Ottappalam and one lakh at the Ernakulam Guest House. The names of many MLAs were levelled in the case and they were all from the ruling front, she said.  

She said that it is rather difficult to reveal openly things including the contents of the letter. I will expose things if the commissions holds a secret sitting by avoiding cameras. However, she said that she will not hand over the letter written in Pathanamthitta jail. When the commission asked to hand over the letter in a sealed cover, she said that she will inform later after consulting her advocate.

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