Thiruvananthapuram: Nominations filed by the prime accused in the solar scam, Saritha S Nair, has been rejected from Wayanad and Ernakulam, said reports on Monday. Nair had filed her papers as an Independent candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Kerala Local Body Polls 2020: Robot Greets & Assists Voters, Gives Them Sanitisers at Polling Booth
Reports said the nominations were rejected as Nair has 28 criminal cases registered against her across Kerala because of her alleged involvement in the solar scandal. Also Read - Kerala Lockdown News: As COVID Cases Rise, Big Gatherings Banned in Ernakulam, Kottayam
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“Saritha was punished in two cases in connection with the solar scam for three years each. As per the rule, someone punished in a criminal case can only contest in elections after completing six years of punishment, but it has been only two years in her case,” an Election Commission official reportedly told a news site.
Nair, who has also charged several senior Congress leaders in Kerala with sexual harassment and rape, had announced last week that she would contest against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad. She also intended to fight from Ernakulam against Hibi Eden of the Congress, whom she had accused of molestation.
She had told a leading newspaper that this was her way of “unmasking” those who have criminal charges filed against them.
“I’m not contesting to become an MP or sit in the Lok Sabha. I’m fighting the elections to mock and shame those who have criminal charges levelled against them. I have always been labelled as a cheater. But how are these leaders, who have committed crimes against women, which are far serious than financial crimes, allowed to contest elections?” she was reported as having said.