Solar Scam: Probe ordered against Chandy, others; Congress says 'witch-hunt'

Oommen Chandy file

Oommen Chandy file

In an explosive twist in the Kerala solar scam, the state cabinet has made a decision to file cases of sexual assault against many prominent politicians of the erstwhile UDF regime and officials named by solar scam accused Saritha Nair.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered an investigation against his predecessor Oommen Chandy, saying the judicial commission report on the Solar Scam shows enough evidence of corruption by the former Chief Minister and his personal staff.

The allegation was that Saritha and Biju Radhakrishnan had duped several people of crores of rupees by offering solar panel solutions and canvassing business using high profile names, including that of Chandy.

"There was a mention against me in the letter written by Saritha Nair". He also targeted the CP (M) government for indulging in "low-level politics" by revealing details on the case a day before the bypoll.

Besides Chandy, Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan, Anil Kumar, and Aryadan Mohamed will also face the probe. The arrested founders in turn named politicians in the previous Congress-led government and others close to Chandy.

Cases will be also registered against top Congress leaders including former legislator Benny Behnan, apart from high-ranking police officers and office bearers of the state police association of the time, said Vijayan.

Addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, "It has been proven that Saritha Nair was raped and sexually assaulted". However, Congress', Ramesh Chennithala, leader of the Opposition and the number two in the party, told reporters that the timing of the chief minister's press meet makes it clear that his intentions are politically motivated.

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.

The Commission was appointed by the Chandy government in October 2013 under pressure from the then Left opposition. To investigate the cases, a new special investigation team led by Director General of Police Rajesh Diwan has been set up.

Reacting to the major development, Saritha Nair called it a vindication for her. They had got the contracts by claiming proximity to Mr Chandy.

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