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Solar scam: Accused asked to produce video evidence in 5 days

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Kochi: A judicial commission on Thursday granted five days time to prime accused Biju Radhakrishnan to hand over video evidence to them in connection with the high-profile solar scam.

On Thursday, the commission headed by Justice (retd) Sivarajan asked the counsel of Radhakrishnan to ensure that the evidence is produced before the commission within five days.

The latest development came after Radhakrishnan deposed before the commission on Wednesday that he has video evidence that has Saritha Nair, the second accused in the solar scam, in a compromising position with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, two cabinet ministers, A P Anil Kumar and Shibu Baby John, and two others.

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This issue saw heated discussions in the state assembly on Thursday with the Left opposition demanding Chandy’s resignation.

Chandy said that even if there was one percent truth in this allegation, he will not only quit but also call time on his 55-year-long public life.

There are numerous cases of cheating registered against Saritha Nair and Radhakrishnan.

Both are accused of cheating many investors by promising to supply them solar panels worth millions of rupees.

The Rs 7-crore solar panel scam surfaced in 2013 and rocked the Oommen Chandy government as three of his staff members were found to have links with Nair. The three were sacked by Chandy.

While Nair is out on bail in similar cases, Radhakrishnan is yet to get bail as he is an accused in a murder case as well.

(IANS)

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Collection Centres Open for Flood-hit Kerala in UAE

New collection centres open in UAE for donations to support the thousands of displaced families

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Several collection centers open across UAE to collect donations and relief fund for Kerala. Pixabay

Indian expats from Kerala in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have opened collection centres for donations to support the thousands of displaced families in their flood-hit state, the media reported on Tuesday.

After one of the worst flooding in its history last year, many parts of Kerala was limping back to normalcy when nature’s fury struck again this year. Heavy rainfall and landslides in northern districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kasargod and Kannur have so far killed 77 people and pushed thousands to relief camps.

Though far away from the tragedy, Malayalees who form the biggest Indian expat community in the UAE, have set up the centre to collect relief materials for the affected, the Khaleej Times reported.

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From clothes to food items, people across the globe are donating several things along with donations. Pixabay

Taking the lead is the UAE chapter of Voice of Humanity, a group of around 50 stage artists from Kerala. Popular movie artists like Tiny Tom, Nadir Shah and Guinness Pakru are the patrons of the organisation in Kerala.

Shoukky Sulaiman, joint secretary of the group, said three collection centres have been set up in Dubai.

“We are mainly collecting cloths, hygiene items for ladies and kids, toiletries, slippers and some food items like oats and biscuits.

“We will be sending the collected items by cargo, which will be personally received by our members. We are all trying to do whatever we can,” he added.

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Flood-hit Kerala is limping back to normalcy when nature’s fury struck again this year. Pixabay

Bicky Boss, another member, said he was leaving for Kerala on Tuesday to help in the distribution of relief materials.

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Abu Dhabi-based expat organisation Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre has also set up a collection centre at the Indian Islamic Centre and residents are urged to donate blankets, mats, bedsheets, toiletries, cleaning materials, milk powder and biscuits among other things.

Many expats have taken to social media to share their contribution to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and urging others to follow suit. (IANS)