Solar Commission submits report, finds lapses with former Chief Minsiter Oommen Chandy's office

First Published 26, Sep 2017, 6:57 PM IST
Solar Commission report lapses with Oommen Chandy office
  • The Solar Commission has submitted the report to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
  • It took four years for the Commission to complete the report
  • It is known that the Commission has found lapses on the part of former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Justice Sivarajan Commission which probed the sensational solar scam, that tainted the image of senior political leaders, including Oommen Chandy, the former Chief Minister, has submitted the report to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The Commission took four years to conduct the probe in the biggest scam ever reported from Kerala.

However, the report was handed over to the Chief Minister a day ahead of the deadline. 

"The report has been submitted to the chief minister," Justice Sivarajan told reporters later. 

He declined to give out the content of the four-volume report, saying the Chief Minister would inform the media about it. 

"I have received the report but have not opened it as yet...will inform you later," Vijayan said. The Kochi-based commission's tenure was to expire tomorrow. 

It is known that the Commission has found lapses on the part of former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and that Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha S Nair misused the office of the then CM for personal gains. The Commission also criticised the police and said that the probe was not in the right direction and said the current system was inadequate to handle similar cases. 

The commission was appointed by the previous Oommen Chandy government after allegations surfaced about duping of several people of crores of rupees by Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar panel solutions. 

The CPI(M)-led LDF, then in opposition, had launched an agitation following reports about Saritha's links with the office of the chief minister. 

Several politicians, including then chief minister Oommen Chandy, were among those examined by the commission. 

Chandy's former gunman Salim Raj, his former personal staff member Jikkumon had also been examined, after Saritha, the prime accused, deposed before the panel. 

Chandy had maintained that the charges against him and his office were "politically motivated" and had denied any wrongdoing. 

Set up in October 2013, the commission had held 353 sittings, examined 214 witnesses and 972 documents.