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31/10/2019 6:48 PM IST | Updated 31/10/2019 6:50 PM IST

Kerala Solar Scam: Accused Saritha Nair Gets Three Years In Jail

The court has also imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000.

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MPs from Kerala protesting at Parliament House against the Solar Scam in Kerala during Monsoon session on 12 August, 2013 in New Delhi.

A Coimbatore court on Thursday sentenced Kerala’s solar scam accused Saritha Nair to three years in prison. The manager of their Coimbatore office C Ravi has also been awarded three years imprisonment, according to The Hindu

The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on both, The Times of India reported, and said they will have to serve the jail term for another nine months if they failed to pay the penalty. 

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Nair faces about 40 cases of cheating in the scam. 

The solar panel scam pertains to alleged duping of several people to the tune of crores of rupees by Saritha and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar panel solutions.

A judicial commission probing the scam, submitted a report in 2017 saying top Congress leaders in the state purchased contracts and gave out subsidies to Nair’s firm in return for bribes and sexual favours, The Indian Express reported. Former chief minister Oommen Chandy was also named in the report.

(With PTI inputs)