Dismissing allegations of vendetta in ordering a case against his predecessor Oommen Chandy, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday rejected the demand for making the report of the Justice G Sivarajan Commission in the solar scam issue public, saying it will be tabled in the state Assembly at the appropriate time.
"Now, we will submit the Commission report along with the report of the action taken in the Assembly the next time it meets. It has to be tabled within six months. If we do anything else, that will be illegal. We haven't taken any partisan decision on this subject. We have done what a government has to do according to the law. The timing (of tabling the report) hasn't been decided," reports quoted Pinarayi as saying.
Rejecting the charge of vendetta as has been alleged by the Congress, Pinarayi said the Sivarajan Commission was set up under the Commissions of Inquiry Act by the government under Chandy.
"This government didn't appoint the commission, the previous UDF government had set it up. We had to agitate a lot (when in opposition) to set up the commission," the CM said.
The solar scam made headlines over four years ago with the arrest of Saritha Nair and her partner Biju Radhakrishnan, who had allegedly conned businessmen by floating their high-level connections with veteran UDF leaders including with Chandy, who was then the Chief Minister.
The decision to probe the matter was announced by Pinarayi after the weekly cabinet meeting last week, based on the recommendations of the solar scam commission report submitted by Justice Sivarajan in September. A special investigation team (SIT) led by DGP Rajesh Diwan has been set up to investigate the cases.