Solar Scam: Kerala CM Chandy gets a breather from High Court

Stung by Kerala High Court’s criticism, Vigilance Judge S S Vassan seeks permission for voluntary retirement — about 16 months before his tenure ends in May 2017

Thiruvananthapuram: In a reprieve for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Kerala High Court on Friday stayed the lodging of an FIR against him and another minister in the solar scam, with strictures against the vigilance judge who immediately offered to quit.

Oommen Chandy
Oommen Chandy

Apparently, stung by the strong observations against him by the High Court, the Vigilance Judge S S Vassan, who ordered the filing of FIR against Chandy and Power Minister Arayadan Mohammed, sought permission for voluntary retirement, about 16 months before his tenure ends. He is due to retire in May 2017.

The HC while staying the Vigilance Court order today observed that the ‘Court suffers jurisdiction errors’ and also asked the administration section to consider action against the Vigilance Court Judge.

Shortly after hearing the verdict, Chandy said, ‘truth will always prevail’ and reiterated that the charges were part of a 'political conspiracy' against him. Chandy said his son, against whom allegations have been levelled against by Saritha, would file a defamation suit.

Saritha levels fresh charges
Kochi: In a new twist to the scam, prime accused Saritha S Nair yesterday levelled fresh charges against Chandy, saying he had urged her to create a company involving his family members including son Chandy Oommen to do renewable energy business.

Saritha S Nair
Saritha S Nair 

"I was told to create a cooperative institution- Kerala Renewable Energy Cooperative Society Ltd- involving Chandy Oommen and some other family members. I was told to incorporate details about renewable energy resources in its bylaws," said Saritha, as she deposed before Justice Sivarajan Commission probing scam.

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