Vigilance probe against Oomen Chandy and Cong leaders in solar scam

Vigilance probe against Oomen Chandy and Cong leaders in solar scam

In a major development in the infamous Solar scam case in Kerala, the LDF government on Wednesday chose to register a Vigilance case against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Besides Chandy, the probe would also investigate his former cabinet colleagues, a former Union Minister, legislators, other Congress leaders and then senior police officers.

Congress leader Joseph Vazhackan said that the move is politically motivated. In addition to this, cases of sexual assault have also been mentioned in the report.

The government also made a decision to launch further probe into the scam by a special investigation team against Chandy, Mohammed and another former minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, after registering a case against them, he told reporters. Cases of sexual harassment, outraging the modesty of women and rape will be registered against former ministers Aryadan Mohammed, Adoor Prakash and A P Anil Kumar, former Union minister of state in the UPA government S S Palaniappan, MPs K C Venugopal and Jose K Mani, Hibi Eden, MLA, A P Abdullakutty, ex-MLA, and KPCC secretary N Subramanian.

Out of the 13 people Saritha named, 10 are among of the who's who of the Congress party in Kerala, including former legislators and parliamentarians.

Reading out the findings of the solar commission, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the commission had found that the former CM's staff had taken bribes and vigilance cases will registered against them.

"The 1,723-page report in four volumes was handed over to the Advocate General and Director General of prosecution for their legal opinion". The Commission report also recommends department-level action against IG Padmakumar and DySP Harikrishnan.

The report that was submitted to the government last month held Chandy and his staff members responsible for helping the accused in the solar scam to cheat clients, the CM said. The judicial commission headed by retired Justice Sivarajan was constituted by the then Congress-led UDF government after intense protests from the Opposition in 2013.

Nair is out on bail and Radhakrishnan is in jail on charges of murdering his first wife, Reshmi. Oommen Chandy and his office (the Chief Minister's Office of the time) bear the main responsibility, said Vijayan.

"When we chose to appoint this Commission, a public interest litigation came up in the High Court to do away with it". Only, it has come back to haunt him after being out of power and constantly harangued by his detractors.

"I have nothing to fear as I am guided by my conscience". I haven't done anything wrong.

The commission of inquiry was originally set up by Chandy himself at the height of the controversy.

State Congress president M.M. Hassan told the media here that this is nothing but political "witch-hunting".

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