Vigilance probe ordered against Oommen Chandy

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Chennai: At a time when Congress is targeting BJP government at the Centre over the scam linked to Amit Shah's son, the multi-crore solar scam returned to hound the party in Kerala as the Pinarayi Vijayan government on Wednesday chose to order criminal and vigilance probe against former chief minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues.

The commission was appointed by the previous Oommen Chandy government after allegations surfaced about duping of several people of crores of rupees by Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar panel solutions. According to local media reports, Saritha Nair and her partner used to impress potential investors by calling the then CM's staff directly on the phone and one such meeting reportedly took place in the CM's conference room.

Reacting to the development in Thrissur, Chandy said the government selectively leaking the contents meant that it lacked credibility and will remain as such until the full contents are known to public.

The Judicial Commission was set up after a massive blockade of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram by the LDF (which was then in opposition) on 12 August 2013.

Three days later, the state government announces a Vigilance investigation against Chandy on the basis of the Commission's findings.

The chief minister's directive has come days after the Commission headed by Justice G Sivarajan, which probed the multi-crore scam, submitted its final report to him.

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"The solar scam enquiry commission finds former chief minister Oommen Chandy and his office were involved in the scam".

A criminal case will be registered and investigation by SIT will be held against former Home minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, who allegedly tried to destroy the evidence and influenced police personnel to help the former chief minister. Advocate general C P Sudhakara Prasad and director general of prosecution C Sreedharan Nair, who studied the report of the judicial commission, recommended that there was enough evidence to register a bribery case against Chandy by invoking sections 7, 8, 9 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The damage for the Congress doesn't stop there. It is understood that Oommen Chandy and nine others would face rape charges based on a letter written by key accused Saritha S.Nair claiming that she was economically and sexually exploited by the leaders.

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.

The report would be placed before the Assembly within six months, Mr. Vijayan said.

He said the Kerala unit of the CPI (M) considers Congress as its main enemy, while for the Congress, the BJP is the main opponent.

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