Solar scam: Finally justice is served, says Saritha

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 several others in what is known as the Rs 7 million Solar Scam case.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the action was based on the report submitted by the Justice Shivarajan commission that probed the scam.

In a development with massive implications for the Congress party in Kerala, Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday ordered an investigation by the vigilance department against a string of leading Congressmen, including previous chief minister Oommen Chandy, as well as police officials and civil servants, citing the findings of a judicial commission on alleged wrongdoings in the installation of solar panels.

The new SIT will investigate the sexual abuse allegations raised by Saritha S Nair, one of the accused in the solar case.

'A criminal case will be filed against former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan for helping the accused.

During an investigation, Nair, who is facing many cheating cases, claimed she was sexually exploited by many leaders. A case was also registered against this letter, he said.

This after the commission report found he had attempted to protect Chandy. Cases will also be registered against Congress leaders Thampannor Ravi and Benny Behnan.

Meanwhile Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the announcement about the cases targeting Congress leaders at a time when the Vengara bypoll was on was a politically motivated move.

"The 1,723-page report in four volumes was handed over to the Advocate General and Director General of prosecution for their legal opinion". In a letter submitted before the Commission, Saritha had mentioned the names of people who had allegedly sought sexual favours from her.

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. I haven't done anything wrong.

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

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.

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