So­lar case comes back to haunt Congress

Gulf News - - INDIA -

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.

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