Oommen Chandy moves court seeking dismissal of FIR against him

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Kerala CM Oommen Chandy
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and power minister Arayadan Mohammed on 29 January moved Kerala High Court to seek quashing of an FIR lodged against them in solar scam.

The petition will be heard by the court later in the day.

While this was so the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded the duo’s immediate resignation.

Denying the charges levelled against him, Chandy said, “If the charges are proved right, I will resign and withdraw from public life.”

It may be noted inquiry commissioner and special judge (vigilance), Thrissur, had directed the vigilance to lodge an FIR against Chandy and Arayadan.

Prime accused Saritha S Nair alleged that she could produce proof to prove the charges about the involvement of influential people in the scam. On 28 January, she alleged that she had paid bribes totalling Rs 1.90 crore to Chandy’s close aide and Rs 40 lakh to Arayadan.

Meanwhile, TV channels aired the audio of an alleged conversation between Congress state general secretary Thampanoor Ravi and Saritha S Nair in which Ravi can be heard tutoring her ahead of her deposition before a judicial commission.

Chandy’s son Chandy Oommen had direct role in solar scam but the allegation that he had sex with me is incorrect, Saritha told a judicial commission on 29 January.

The CM’s son promised to import material for solar projects through a US firm, Star Flakes Inc. When she met the CM at Kadaplamattom, Chandy asked her to register a company as a cooperative society with his son, Chandy Oommen and relatives as partners, said Saritha.

She also said the CM’s statement before the commission was a lie. A Secunderabad-based company, Surana Ventures, gave a franchise to Team Solar and a government project worth Rs 35 lakh was obtained by quoting the lowest price with Aryadan’s help, she said.