Pinarayi Vijayan Orders Probe Against Oommen Chandy In Solar Scam Case

Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy to face probe in solar scam

The Kerala government has ordered a Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau probe against Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

In reponse to Pinarayi's statement, senior Congress leader A K Antony on Wednesday said the government should make public the inquiry commission report.

Asked about the allegations of sexual exploitation against him, which also will be probed, the veteran Congress leader said his name had been mentioned in a "fake" letter written by Saritha.

The case relates to swindling of lakhs from several people by Sarith S Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan after promising to set up solar panels.

The move comes as a massive setback to Oommen Chandy.

During investigation, the former chief minister and some of his cabinet colleagues were accused of taking a huge sum of money as a part of the deal.

The government said a criminal case would be registered against former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan for helping Chandy in the case.

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There will also be a case against Congress leaders Benny Behanan, and Thampanoor Ravi for destroying evidence and conspiracy.

The decision was announced by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after the weekly cabinet meeting based on the recommendations of the Solar Scam Commission report submitted by Justice (retd) G. Sivarajan in September. They had got the contracts by claiming proximity to Mr Chandy.

However, Chandy said the case was politically motivated. 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!

Reacting to the major development, Saritha Nair called it a vindication for her. But I filed an affidavit saying it should not be cancelled as the truth should come out.

Local media channels such as Manorama News and Asianet News also reported at the time that Saritha Nair's call records showed that several calls were made to the then CM's staff members including Joppen whose cellphone Oommen Chandy is known to use.

Radhakrishan is another accused in the case.

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