Kerala govt orders vigilance probe against ex-CM Oommen Chandy
IN a setback to the opposition Congress-led UDF, the Kerala government on Wednesday ordered a vigilance probe against former chief minister Oommen Chandy and former power minister Aryadan Mohammed in connection with the multi-crore solar scam.
A decision in this regard was taken on the basis of the findings of the Justice G Sivarajan Commission, which probed the scam and had last month submitted its report to the government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The government also decided 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. Two former Congress MLAs — Thampanoor Ravi and Benny Benhanan — have also been brought under the ambit of the probe, he told reporters.
The commission was appointed by the previous Chandy government after allegations surfaced about duping of several people of crores of rupees by prime accused Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar panel solutions.
Reacting to the government’s decision, Chandy said he was prepared to face any probe. “We are not scared of any investigation as we have not committed any fraud. Why is the chief minister in a hurry to take action on a report which has not yet been published. Those who feel they can bring me down by raising such allegations, they are mistaken. I will come back stronger,” he told reporters.
Vijayan said a criminal case will be registered and the SIT will probe allegations of rape levelled by Saritha against some politicians in her letter dated July 17, 2013.