Solar scam: Cops to lodge FIR against Oommen Chandy, minister

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

The Thrissur court on 28 January directed the police to register an FIR against Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and electricity minister Aryadan Muhammad in the solar scam.

Saritha S Nair, the main accused who was arrested on 27 January Wednesday alleged that she had paid bribes worth Rs 1.90 crore and Rs 40 lakhs to Chandy and Muhammed, respectively to set up mega power projects in Kerala. She targeted Chandy and Muhammed, while deposing before the Justice Sivarajan Commission in Kochi.

Alleging “political conspiracy” behind the bribery allegations made against him by a solar scam accused, Chandy on 28 January blamed a section of the bar owners for it.

The allegations made by Saritha are part of this conspiracy, he said. The Marxist party was striving to ensure that the Congress-led government doesn’t win in the coming Assembly polls.

To add to the government’s misery, a leaked audio tape was played on local media which had Congress spokesperson Tampanoor Ravi advising Saritha Nair when she was cross-questioned. When asked Ravi denied that his remarks are evidence of him trying to coach Nair.

Two weeks ago Saritha had told the solar commission that Chandy was like a father figure, he said, “How has it changed so soon?”

In 2014, Saritha had alleged that CPI(M) had offered her Rs 10 crore to topple the government. “We didn’t react then,” said Chandy.

He was shown black flags by Members of Democratic Youth Federation of India and Yuva Morcha respectively, when he arrived by train.

Police had a tough time chasing away the protesters who also shouted slogans against Chandy.
With Assembly elections due in Kerala this year, Chandy is seen as making a strong political statement by giving his testimony in court.