Pinarayi Vijayan Orders Probe Against Oommen Chandy In Solar Scam Case


Saritha S Nair, who is the second accused in the infamous "solar scam", has said that she has finally been served justice in the case.

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.

With Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announcing a Vigilance probe against people involved in solar scam, the sensational case has once again grabbed the spotlight.

The commission was appointed after allegations of fraud worth crores of rupees were made against prime accused Saritha Nair and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishnan.

A criminal case will also be filed against former Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Saritha Nair had alleged that she was sexually assaulted and raped by a number of leaders including KC Venugopal, Hibi Eden, AP Abdullakutty and AP Anil Kumar. Cases will also be registered against former minister Aryadan Muhammed, Thampanoor Ravi and Benny Behanan, ' he added.

"The 1,723-page report in four volumes was handed over to the Advocate General and Director General of prosecution for their legal opinion".

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Quoting the Commission report, Mr Vijayan said, "Those who have not taken bribes from Saritha Nair but have sought sexual favours, can also be dealt with under anti-corruption rules".

The CPI (M)-led LDF, then in opposition, had launched an agitation following reports of Saritha's links with the office of the chief minister.

"This is going to backfire on them very badly", Chandy told reporters in Thrissur, adding it was odd that the Commission report is still kept under the wraps. 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.

The charges against the leaders will be probed by a special investigation team (SIT). "I'm fully confident that I haven't done anything wrong".

The report is learnt to have said that former chief minister and his office staff accepted bribe from the Team Solar company for helping them to get orders to set up solar panels in various government departments.