After Shalu Menon, Uthara Unni and Sandhya, the new name that has entered the solar scam is the megastar Mammootty. The accused kingpin Biju Radhakrishnan said that he had given Rs 10 lakhs to Mammootty for the inaugural function of the solar scam.
The same was rumoured earlier, but no evidence was put forward. Now the main culprit Biju himself has confronted before the probe that he had given Rs 10 lakhs to the actor, a cheque of Rs 50,000 first and later the rest of the amount in cash. The amount was paid to Mammootty in a hotel in Kochi. Mammootty is said to have given the money to an NGO.
In 2011, Team Solar had given an award to Mammootty. In a function arranged in a star hotel in Kochi on 11th June 2011, the award was given by Minister KP Mohanan. Making the function a star attraction was purposely done by Team Solar to attract the common mass. Kaviyoour Ponnamma, Sarayu and Vineeth were the other celebrities who attended the function.
Recently, a news website released a telephonic conversation between Saritha S Nair and Abdul Majeed, who is one of those cheated in the scam. In the transcript, Saritha, under the name Lakshmi Nair, is quoted as saying that actor Mammootty is a 'good customer' of hers. She said this in reply to the complainant's claim that he had connections with eminent people in Kochi, including Mammootty.