The Kerala government has ordered a Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau probe against Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday disclosed the findings of the judicial commission and claimed that it had found Oommen Chandy and his office's involvement in the multi-crore solar panel scam.
During a press meet on Wednesday, Vijayan said that the Justice (retd) Sivarajan Commission constituted to probe the scam had found that Chandy and his former staff members, namely, Tenny Joppen, Jikkumon Jacob, gunman Salim Raj and Delhi based friend Kuruvilla had helped the prime accused in the case. The accused, Saritha S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan and their company Team Solar are accused of cheating clients to the tune of crores in cohorts with the then Kerala Chief Minster Chandy.
Vijayan said that a criminal case would be registered against former Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan after the panel found him guilty of letting Chandy escape from the case. Vijayan who made excerpts of the panel public alleged that the Special investigation team that probed the case had also tried to help Chandy.
The Kerala government has now formed a new SIT that will probe allegations against Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and other Congress leaders like Benny Behanan and Thamapanoor Ravi, allegations of sexual abuse raised by Saritha Nair in connection with the case. The move comes as a massive setback to Oommen Chandy.
The Congress in Kerala has rubbished the panel's findings and has accused the state government of making politically motivated decisions.