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3 Cong MLAs booked after rape allegations by Kerala solar scam accused

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The Crime Branch of has filed an FIR against three legislators, who are also ticket hopefuls, over complaints of sexual exploitation and rape by a prime accused in the multi-crore 'solar scam'.

One of legislators said the FIR was a ploy to dent his image ahead of the

In the FIR filed on March 12, MLA from Ernakulam, Hibi Eden, MLAs and former state ministers Adoor Prakash and A P have been charged with rape and outraging modesty of the complainant, a top told

The woman and her co-accused had allegedly duped several investors of crores of rupees by offering to set up solar panel units for them.

The BJP had earlier described the solar scam as the "biggest sex-cum-bribe" scandal that has "shocked" the nation.

In a letter to the then city police on July 19, 2013, the woman had levelled charges of sexual misconduct and corruption against several and leaders, including former Oommen Chandy, some of his ministers and two former Union ministers.

The FIR has been filed in a special court in district set up to fast track cases against legislators.

Eden's name is in the reckoning for the seat, while Prakash is being considered for either Attingal or Alappuzha constituency.

Eden told media that the FIR was a ploy to tarnish his image ahead of the polls.

Adoor Prakash and A P were not immediately available for comments.

The had on March 11 dismissed a plea seeking expeditious probe against Chandy in connection with the case.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 00:35 IST