Solar scam report tabled in Kerala Assembly, levels serious charges against Oommen Chandy, several former ministers

Chandy and his office went out of their way to assist Solar scam accused Saritha S Nair and her company Team Solar in cheating their customers, said the report.

Published: 09th November 2017 03:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2017 09:36 PM   |  A+A-

Oomen Chandy (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and his office went out of their way to assist Solar scam accused Saritha S Nair and her company Team Solar in cheating their customers, says the report of the Justice G Sivarajan Commission which investigated the scam.

The findings and the action-taken report was tabled in the state Assembly on Thursday by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The four-volume report runs into 1073 pages. The commission, after examining 214 witnesses and 812 documents, submitted its report to the state government on September 26.

MAJOR CHARGES IN THE REPORT:

Oommen Chandy

  • UDF received Rs 2.16 crore as commission
  • Physical exploitation' of Saritha S Nair
  • Oral sex on multiple occasions (at Cliff House)

Aryadan Mohammed

  • Received Rs 25 lakh for sanctioning Renewable Energy Policy
  • Sexual harassment on several occasions

AP Anil Kumar

  •  Received Rs 7 lakh through Nazarulla
  •  Exploited Saritha many times at Rose House, Le Meridien, Kerala House

Adoor Prakash

  • Sexual harassment
  • Telephonic sex
  • Calls and SMS
  • Invited Saritha to Bangalore Hotel

Hibi Eden

  • Sexual harassment at MLA Hostel, Government Guest House, Ernakulam

KC Venugopal

  • Rape
  • Threatened many times
  • Telephone calls, SMS, sex etc.

Jose K Mani

  • Behaved badly in Delhi
  • Oral sex in Delhi

Palani Manickam

  • Sexual harassment
  • Received Rs 25 lakh

GK Padmakumar

  • Sexual harassment
  • Telephone sex
  • Online calls

The commission recommended a criminal probe into the sexual harassment charges levelled against Oommen Chandy, Aryadan Mohammed and several other UDF leaders. The report found wrongdoing on the part of former ministers Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Aryadan Mohammed, A P Anil Kumar, Adoor Prakash, former Union minister K C Venugopal, MLA Hibi Eden, and Jose MP K Mani, among others.

It recommended action on the basis of the Prevention of Corruption Act against personalities whom allegations of corruption and illegal gratification have been leveled.

The report stated that Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the then Home and Vigilance Minister, took steps to extricate Oommen Chandy from criminal liability. Aryadan Mohammed, then power minister, ''as in the case of Oommen Chandy, had assisted Team Solar Company in whatever manner possible.”

The findings stated that Special Investigation Team constituted by the previous regime used ''dubious methods'' to extricate Chandy from criminal liability and did not probe the involvement of other ministers, government officials, central ministers, MLAs and police officers in the scam.

Further, the commission recommended a further inquiry by a competent authority to ''uphold the discipline of the police force.''

The commission has sought action based on the Prevention of Corruption Act against G R Ajith, then secretary of the Kerala Police Association.

It also recommended an overhaul of the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology
(ANERT) for proper implementation of solar projects in the state.

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