Vigilance probe ordered against Oommen Chandy

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced the Kerala government’s decision to initiate a probe against former CM Oommen Chandy

A pall of gloom has descended on the "A" camp as its prominent leaders, including former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, former power minister Aryadan Muhammed and former MLAs Thampanoor Ravi and Benny Behanan, are among the accused.

Two former Congress MLAs- Benny Behanan and Thamapanoor have also been brought under the ambit of the probe.The government had also sought legal opinion of the Advocate General and Director General of Prosecutions (DGP) into the commission's findings following which it was chose to launch proceedings against them.

Oommen Chandy said this as the Kerala government had chose to initiate an investigation under the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in the solar scam case on the basis of the letter written by the prime accused Saritha.

"We made a decision to accept their recommendation and have chose to initiate criminal and vigilance cases as it has come to light this was a fraudulent business and ... bribes were given". It is understood that Oommen Chandy and nine others would face rape charges based on a letter written by key accused Saritha S.Nair claiming that she was economically and sexually exploited by the leaders.

The Commission's report says that Oommen Chandy took large amounts as bribes directly and through others. It was informed that cases would be filed against all those who were referred to in the letter of Saritha.

In an even more damaging move, the commission opined that suitable proceedings may be launched against Chandy after his name was found in the list of VIPs produced by prime scam-accused Saritha Nair and who had demanded sexual favours.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, October 11, about the probe after the Justice Sivarajan Commission revealed its findings in the case.

The terms of reference for the investigation was announced by the then UDF government unilaterally.

Head of the SIT that initially probed the case A. Hemachandran, head of the Crime Branch; and K. Padmakumar, Director of Kerala Police Academy; had been shifted from their posts.

The solar scam surfaced in 2013 and it was one of the main reasons for the exit of the Congress regime in the state. Department-level action will be initiated against them as well as against Kerala Police Association former general secretary K R Ajith in addition to Vigilance probe against him.

The Commission submitted its four-volume report which runs into 1073 pages to the LDF government on 26 September 2017.

"The legal advice goes like this". Following this, the government accepted the report and chose to take action on the basis of the legal advice received. In the 4 years since the commission was set up, it has questioned 214 witnesses and examined 812 documents, the CM said.

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