Ker­ala govt or­ders vig­i­lance probe against ex-CM Oom­men Chandy

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

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.

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