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:
AP Anil Kumar
Jose K Mani
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.