Kottayam: The Kerala cabinet has decided to book former chief minister Oommen Chandy and a few other leaders on the basis of a letter written by solar scam accused Saritha S Nair, insisting that seeking sexual favors amounted to corruption.
A television channel had leaked a letter written by Saritha while in police custody at Perumbavoor in 2013. The letter, dated July 19, 2013, mentions Chandy, two ministers and a few people’s representatives exploited her. Saritha later confirmed that she had written the letter.
The judicial commission which looked into the scam has found that the leaders mentioned in the letter had contacted Saritha or her advocate. The police have been asked to file a case under the Indian Penal Code for sexual harassment and under the Prevention of Corruption Act for seeking sexual favors.
Saritha had named Aryadan Muhammed, Adoor Prakash, K. C. Venugopal MP, Jose K Mani MP, Hibi Eden MLA, A. P. Anil Kumar MLA, former central minister Palanimanikyam, Congress leader N. Subramaniam and additional director general of police K. Padmakumar.
The statements and evidence collected by the Justice Sivarajan Commission proves that Saritha has been subjected to sexual exploitation though the special investigation team chose to ignore the aspect.
So the people named in the letter are liable to be booked under the IPC for sexual harassment and the outrage of a woman's modesty, the advocate general and the director general of prosecution have told the government.
The commission recommended that seeking sexual favors can be viewed as corruption as per the explanatory note of section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The government has also received legal counsel that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau can also register a case against the people named in the letter.