Thiruvananthapuram: The investigations ordered by government against Oomen Chandy, former MLAs, ex-Ministers and officials are based on judicial commission report on Solar scam and complaint from the woman victim in the case. Also meaning, the probe would not be affected by new revelations made recently by a Congressman. Justice G Sivarajan Commission – one appointed by Oomen Chandy himself - came upon offences of serious nature committed by the former chief minister though revelations made by Congressman Sharanya Manoj will not be taken into account in the case.
Justice Sivarajan was appointed as Commission to probe the sensational Solar scam on 23 October 2013. The probe spanning four years crossed 214 witnesses and scrutinized 812 documental records. Also, Oomen Chandy gave testimony lasting hours. In the end, on 26th September 2017, the Commission submitted 1073 paged report in four volumes to the govt. An ‘Action Taken’ report against this was subsequently presented in the Legislative Assembly based on which, it was decided to register crime and vigilance cases in the scam.
The legal advice to Vigilance said case must be registered against Oomen Chandy for accepting bribes directly and indirectly. Additionally, Crime Branch has registered its own case over alleged sexual abuse involving Oomen Chandy and KC Venugopal.
Excerpts From the Commission Report
● Oomen Chandy and his personal staff Tony Joppan, Jikumon Jacob, gunman Salimraj and Delhi assistant Kuruvila connived with the Chief Minister to defraud their customers.
● The Minister for Home and Vigilance, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, influenced police officials to try rescue Oomen Chandy in the case.
● Minster for Electricity, Aryadan Muhammad, violated laws in his bid to save Oomen Chandy.
● A special investigation team also made attempts to spare Oomen Chandy in the case. Phone records of ministers, officials, union ministers, MLAs and solar scam probe officials have been scrutinized.
● Thampanoor Ravi, Benny Behnana and others were found to have made their own efforts to rescue Oomen Chandy in face of the scam.