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Karnataka court delivers Chandy a solar blow

  • A City Civil and Sessions Court here on Monday has ordered former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the management of a Kochi-based firm to pay up over Rs 1.6 crore to a Bengaluru-based real estate consultant who was allegedly cheated after being promised a solar power project in Kerala.Passing a decree in favour of M K Kuruvila, the consultant residing at Koramangala, N R Chennakeshava, LXV Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge, ordered the defendants, including Chandy, to jointly pay Rs 1,60,85,700 with costs. Apart from Chandy, the other defendants are SCOSSA Educational Consultants Private Ltd, having its office in Kakkanad, Kochi, managing director Binu Nair, and directors Andrews and Delijith.The judge added that Kuruvila incurred expenses in filing this suit and defendants are totally liable to pay Rs 1,60,85,700 with current and future interest at the rate of 12 percent, failing which he is entitled to recover the sum in accordance with law.In his suit for recovery of money filed before the court on April 30, 2015, Kuruvila claimed that the Kochi firm was familiar with solar power business and was sole selling and distributing agent in India for Da Mool, a South Korean company that provides technology for solar power projects.In his petition, Kuruvila said defendants allegedly assured him a stake in upcoming solar power project for a payment of Rs 1.03 crore to SCOSSA, Binu, Andrew and Delijith.Kuruvila alleged that after paying up, they never approached him and that he received threat callsBesides praying court to grant litigation cost, Kuruvila claimed 18 percent as current and future interest per annum on the amount he paid to them.However, the judge termed it exorbitant and passed decree for 12 percent, saying that it would met the ends of justice. B1,60,85,700 the cost Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge ordered the defendants, Kochi-based firm and Chandy, to jointly pay to M K Kuruvila, who was allegedly cheated after being promised a solar project

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