Govt sets solar probe terms; Oppn spurns it
The government has set a six-point Terms of Reference for the solar scam judicial inquiry, covering everything raised in and outside the Assembly, even as an unconvinced Opposition asserted that there was no explicit wording that the Chief Minister’s office and the Chief Minister himself will be brought under the ambit of the probe.
The first point underscores that all allegations raised in the solar scam inside and outside the Assembly would be covered.
And if at all there is any basis, what is the nature of it and who all are responsible for it. It also seeks to find out whether the state has lost any money or the government had gone for favourable policies to facilitate the solar fraud.
Another point states that the entire course of the case, right from 2006 (when LDF government was in power), will be probed.
The Terms of Reference have been fixed after the Opposition expressed unwillingness for holding talks with the government, as a set of demands including the resignation of the Chief Minister were turned down.
Chandy told a post-Cabinet briefing that every aspect that was raised in and outside the Assembly would be included in the probe. “We don’t want to limit the scope of the probe to a specific or particular point. The government has an open mind,” he claimed.
Asked if CM and his office would be included, Chandy said: “Why do you have a doubt?