Kerala Govt To Probe Former CM Oommen Chandy In Solar Scam Case

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy

The Kerala government on Wednesday made a decision to initiate a criminal and vigilance probe against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and others in the Rs 7 million Solar Scam case.

The Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced in a press meet after revealing the findings of the Justice (retd) Sivarajan Commission that investigated the scam.

The government said a criminal case would be registered against former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan for helping Chandy in the case. To add fuel to fire, more names started tumbling out of the UDF closet, with Saritha Nair's call records showing that she was in touch with over 30 odd UDF leaders including two prominent figures who had been Union Ministers at the time! If new evidences come out, that will also be probed by registering cases.

The case will be based on a letter written by Saritha Nair in July 2013 containing serious allegation of rape and sexual assault. Apart from this, former MLAs Benny Behnnan and Thampanoor Ravi had intervened in the investigation to save the then chief minister.

The case broke out in June 2013 during Chandy's rule (2011-16) after reports surfaced that three staffers in the Chief Minister's Office had contacts with a couple who cheated many investors of money after promising to supply solar panels to them.

Vijayan added that a Special Investigation Team led by Director General of Police Rajesh Diwan had been set up to investigate the cases.

Reacting to the development, Chandy said it would be dealt with legally and not the way the CPI-M did it when cases were registered against them.

Vijayan said the commission has found Chandy and other Congress leaders to have received large sums as bribes from Saritha, and that they will be booked under the concerned sections of the Vigilance and Ant-Corruption Act. "I'm fully confident that I haven't done anything wrong".

A little over a year after he lost power to the Left Front and found his clean image dented by allegations of his involvement in the Rs 7 crore solar scam, former Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy now faces a vigilance and criminal probe in the case.

An elated Saritha said she was given given justice, though delayed, by the government.

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