A vigilance court ordered registration of an FIR against Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Power Minister Arayadan Mohammed in connection with the solar scam. Inquiry commissioner and special judge, Thrissur, SS Vassan, on a private complaint by one PD 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. Earlier on Thursday alleging “political conspiracy” behind the bribery allegations made against him by a solar scam accused, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday 28th January 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. He said that the new allegations are part of a political conspiracy hatched in connivance with the liquor lobby. The government had taken a bold decision to close down several liquor bars. Because they (bar owners) lost their battle in various courts – high court and Supreme Court, they have come with new allegations to hit out at the government.
Chandy told reporters that the government has the exact evidence in this regard. The allegations made by Saritha on Wednesday are part of this conspiracy, 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.
Chandy said former Government Chief Whip PC George had also played a role in Wednesday’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.
Noting that two weeks ago Saritha had told the solar commission that the chief minister was like a “father figure.” In 2014, Saritha had alleged that CPM had offered her Rs 10 crore to topple the government.
Chandy, who reached Kozhikode by train, was greeted with black flag-waving protesters of DYFI and Yuva Morcha – the youth organisations of CPM and BJP respectively. Police had a tough time chasing away the protesters who also shouted slogans against Chandy.
The protesters alleged that pepper spray was used against them.
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