Solar case comes back to haunt Congress
Congress leaders in Kerala — for whom the solar power scam has been a nightmare from the final years of the previous Oommen Chandy government — are facing the jitters once more after submission of the report by the judicial commission that studied the case.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Left Democratic Front government has decided to go ahead with vigilance cases against Chandy and some other senior Congress leaders.
The Solar Judicial Commission headed by justice G. Sivarajan, a retired judge, was submitted in late September and the LDF government announced its intention earlier this week to press ahead with vigilance and criminal cases against those named in the report.
Gandhi, leaders meet
Party vice president Rahul Gandhi had meetings scheduled yesterday with a number of senior Congress leaders from Kerala.
The solar commission report had criticised the manner in which former chief minister Chandy’s office seemed to have helped the key accused in the solar scam, namely Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan.
The two are thought to have duped dozens of people to the tune of Rs70 million (Dh3.96 million) by promising them high returns on investment by putting their money in solar and wind power projects.