Solar scam: Court orders registration of FIR against Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, Power Minister

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Vigilance Court in Kerala on Thursday ordered registration of FIR against CM Oommen Chandy and Power Minister Araydan Mohammed in solar scam.

CM Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, Thrissur, S S Vassan, on a private complaint by one P D Joseph, issued the direction in this regard.

The vigilance director has been asked to file the FIR and complete the probe as early as possible.

Joseph said he had based his complaint on the statements made by Saritha S Nair, prime accused in the solar scam, yesterday before the Justice Sivarajan commission probing the scam.; protesters lathicharged, say reports.

Meanwhile, Chandy was shown black flag by the protesters of DYFI and Yuva Morcha – the youth organisations of CPI(M) and BJP respectively, following which protesters were lathi charged.

The protesters alleged that pepper spray was used against them. The protesters were lathicharged outside Kerala State Secretariat.

Alleging “political conspiracy” behind the bribery allegations made against him by a solar scam accused, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has blamed a section of the bar owners for it.

The prime accused in the solar case Saritha S Nair had on Wednesday targeted Chandy and Power Minister Arayadan Mohammed while deposing before the Justice Sivarajan Commission in Kochi, probing the case, and had alleged that she had paid bribes to the tune of Rs 1.90 crore to a close aide of the Chief Minister and Rs 40 lakh to Mohammed. Both had denied the allegations.

“The government has the exact evidence in this regard”, Chandy told reporters. The allegations made by Saritha yesterday are part of this conspiracy, he said and criticised CPI(M) stating that as they were unable to topple the government, the Marxist party was making all out efforts to ensure that the Congress-led UDF does not come to power in the coming assembly polls.

The Marxist party had lost its face for seeking the government’s resignation after another solar case accused Biju Radhakrishnan had stated that he had a CD with incriminating visuals against the Chief Minister, he said. Chandy said former Government Chief Whip P C George had also played a role in yesterday’s allegations.

Maintaining that there was no truth in the allegations, Chandy said the government had not lost even a rupee as alleged by the opposition in the scam and had not helped a company to gain even a rupee.

 

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