Solar Scam: Vigilance Court Orders FIR Against CM Chandy

28/01/2016 3:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 26: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy arrives at Parliament House to attend the Parliament budget session on March 26, 2012 in New Delhi, India. He was in Delhi to meet central leadership to discuss the trouble caused by demand on ministerial bearth by coalition partner IUML. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

THRISSUR -- A Vigilance court today ordered registration of an FIR against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Power Minister Arayadan Mohammed in connection with the solar scam.

Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, Thrissur, S S Vassan, on a private complaint by one P D Joseph, issued the direction in this regard.

The vigilance director has been asked to file the FIR and complete the probe as early as possible.

Joseph said he had based his complaint on the statements made by Saritha S Nair, prime accused in the solar scam, yesterday before the Justice Sivarajan commission probing the scam.

He also said he had produced a CD and newspaper clippings on Saritha's deposition before the commission as part of evidence.

Targeting Chandy and Mohammed, Saritha had alleged that she had paid bribes totalling Rs 1.90 crore to a close aide of the chief minister while Rs 40 lakh had been given to the power minister. Both had denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, the chief minister told reporters at Kozhikode this morning that allegations against him were part of a political conspiracy by a section of bar owners and CPI-M.

He said he cannot be defeated by levelling allegations.

Saritha said she will handover the evidence with her to the vigilance court if directed by the court.

"I will not run away from the law," she told reporters at Kochi.

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