Kochi: Startling revelations have emerged in the ongoing solar controversy in Kerala, with T. G. Nandakumar disclosing that it was former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan who requested a letter implicating former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the solar scandal. In a press conference, Nandakumar also clarified that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan never asked him to leave as. Pinarayi Vijayan had earlier claimed that he had told Nandakumar to get out when Nandakumar went to visit him.
Nandakumar shed light on the sequence of events, stating that it was VS Achuthanandan had sought an investigation into a letter written by solar complainant in February 2016. Nandakumar revealed that he had discussions with Pinarayi Vijayan, who was the party secretary at the time, regarding this letter in the context of the 2016 elections.
Contrary to recent claims, Nandakumar emphasised that Pinarayi Vijayan had not asked him to leave during their meeting. This refuted Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s earlier statement in the Legislative Assembly, where he mentioned asking Nanda Kumar to leave.
Nandakumar provided additional details about his involvement in the case, stating, “VS Achuthanandan asked to investigate the letter written by solar complainant in February 2016. Based on that, I contacted Sharanya Manoj, who claimed to possess around a dozen letters written by the complainant. I handed these letters to V.S. Achuthanandan. He subsequently discussed this matter with the then party secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan.”
Continuing his account, Nandakumar revealed that he handed the controversial letter over to the television channel reporter. Allegedly, the complainant received a sum of Rs. 1.25 lakh for the letter. Furthermore, Nandakumar claimed that the complainant received the money. Benny Behanan and Thampanoor Ravi offerred to contribute Rs 50,000 each for the purported treatment of the complainant’s mother. He emphasised that no further financial transactions had taken place in this regard.
Nandakumar stated that he had briefed Pinarayi Vijayan on the details of the letter on two occasions and had met him approximately four or five times during that period. However, he clarified that he had not seen Pinarayi Vijayan since the latter assumed the role of Chief Minister.