Actress Shalu Menon arrested for involvement in solar scam

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Saturday, Jul 06, 2013

Actress Shalu Menon arrested for involvement in solar scam

Popular Malayalam actress Shalu Menon has been arrested for involvement in solar scam which has triggered sensation in Kerala. 

Saritha S Nair and her husband Biju Radhakrishnan had been arrested on charges of defrauding money amounting to crores after promising to provide with solar panel. 

Marxist Communist party accused that Denny Joppan, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s Personal Assistant, is involved in the solar scam.  Also, they divulged details of telephone conversation between Saritha Nair and Denny Joppan. 

The solar scam has caused a flutter in Kerala politics.  Chief Minister Oommen Chandy issued order for probe into the issue, and also fired Denny Joppan.  Also, he issued order that investigation into the scam be carried out headed by ADGP Hemachandran. 

Also, Chief Minister announced that victims of the solar scam could file complaint with ADGP office.  Following that, Rafiq Ali from Chengannur filed complaint petition with ADGP. 

The petitioner said: -

‘Biju Radhakrishnan promised to assist in raising windmill in Kanyakumari district, and also promised to get aid from Central government. In return, he demanded Rs 75 lakhs.  I initially paid Rs 50 lakhs.  Biju Radhakrishnan received the amount in actress Shalu Menon’s residence.’

‘Then, Shalu Menon was raising a new house in Changanassery.  After receiving the money from me, Biju Radhakrishnan gave Shalu Menon about Rs 30 lakhs.  As construction of her house was nearing the end, Shalu Menon required additional amount of Rs 10 lakhs.  Biju Radhakrishnan sent me an SMS asking me to pay the amount to her. ‘

‘As per his demand, I paid actress Shalu Menon an amount of Rs 10 lakhs.  But, after receiving the amount, they did not raise windmill as promised.  Also, they did not return the amount I had already paid.  They have defrauded the amount from me.  My money should be retrieved and action should be initiated against the culprits.’ 

Following the petition filed, police charged Shalu with conspiracy, betrayal of faith and registered a case.  Yesterday afternoon, police turned up at Shalu Menon’s residence in Changanassery.  They questioned her about solar scam and her links with Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha Nair. 

Then, the police asked her to appear in ADGP Hemachandran’s office.  Shalu Menon said that she would go to his office in her car.  Police conceded her request and sent along two women police with her.  Rafiq Ali was there in the office.  He identified Shalu Menon to the police. 

Now, Shalu Menon is second accused in the windmill scam and has been arrested. As police took her into custody Shalu Menon burst into tears. 

Shalu Menon said to the police: -

‘I did mistake desiring money.  Now, I am reaping the results for what I did.  I believed that Biju Radhakrishnan is a good person.  So, I befriended him.  I allowed him to use my cell phone and vehicle.  Now, I am in trouble.’

But, police did not mind any of her words.  Within few minutes of arrest, police took her to Trivandrum Women police station.  She is to be presented in Thiruvananthapuram Magistrate Court today.

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