Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday tabled the judicial commission’s report on the solar scam case in the state Assembly, ANI reported. Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy (pictured above), through his personnel, helped the main accused in the scam cheat clients, the judicial commission report.
“Then Home Minister T Radhakrishnan made all efforts to ensure that Oommen Chandy is extricated from criminal liability,” the report added.
On October 11, the Kerala government had initiated a criminal and vigilance investigation against Chandy, his cabinet colleagues and other party leaders in the multi-crore solar scam case. Vijayan had said that a fresh inquiry will be conducted under the anti-corruption law.
Solar panel scam case
The two accused in the scam, Biju Radhakrishnan and his partner Saritha Nair, allegedly duped investors of lakhs of rupees after promising to install solar panels for them. However, once they received the money, they would disappear. They were arrested in October 2013 and sentenced to three years in jail on December 16, 2016.
Chandy and other Congress ministers were accused of taking large amounts of money and sexual favours as part of the scam. In his defence, Chandy had claimed that the liquor lobby had started this as a conspiracy against him after the state decided to close down bars in Kerala.