Police record Chandy's statement in 'blackmail case'
Thiruvananthapuram: Police have recorded former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's statement based on BJP leader K. Surendran's complaint on the former's remark that he was blackmailed in the solar scam. Chandy informed the probe team that by mentioning blackmail he meant the meeting with Biju Radhakrishnan at Aluva.
The probe team recorded his statement after BJP leader K Surendran filed a complaint regarding the issue.
Meanwhile, Oommen Chandy has not disclosed the name of the one who blackmailed him. He explained about the situation of blackmailing while responding to the probe team.
Police had spend an hour with Chandy at his residence here on Monday, officials said on Tuesday.
“Biju Radhakrishnan accompanied by another man visited me at Aluva Guest house when I was the chief minister. They have complained about a member in the cabinet. Biju Radhakrishnan introduced him as RB Nair in the meeting. They discussed personal matters with me. So I thought there is no need to disclose the meeting,” said Oommen Chandy to the probe team.
Oommen Chandy refused to respond on the meeting even after media repeatedly raised the question. If he was ready to disclose the content of the meeting, he would not have faced such allegations. The person who accompanied Biju Radhakrishnan in the meeting has given statement to Solar Commission. Following this, the meeting of Oommen Chandy with the accused in solar case came into light.
‘If I revealed about the meeting earlier I would not be blackmailed over it,”said Oommen Chandy to the probe team.
The complaint made by Biju Radhakrishnan at the Aluva Guest House was against K B Ganesh Kumar, who was then part of the Cabinet, and this was revealed by a man who accompanied Biju Radhakrishnan to the solar commission. It was after the man, who accompanied Biju to see Oommen Chandy gave a statement to the solar commission, did news come out that the complaint was against Ganesh Kumar. Chandy had hinted about this to the solar commission.
Soon after the report was placed in the House, Chandy at a press conference claimed he has done no wrong. He also blurted out that he was subjected to 'blackmail' in the case.
When this comment made big headlines, Chandy clarified it was not done by a politician. Soon after this statement, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader K. Surendran filed a complaint with the state police chief.