Kerala solar scam: The story so far

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan. 29 (ANI): As protests gather pace across Kerala over allegations against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the solar scam case, police and opposition activists clashed on streets of the capital.

Kerala solar scam: Protests, pressure pile up

*The youth wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) – Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) is protesting outside the Kerala Secretariat on Friday.

*The police used lathi-charge and teargas on protesters who tried to march towards the government headquarters.

*Protestors have been pelting stones and violent clashes are taking place in Thiruvananthapuram.

*Security forces have been trying to restrict the protestors from advancing towards the secretariat by using tear gas shells and by barricading the area but the situation is still tense.

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*The scam relates to the duping of several persons by the two prime accused — S Saritha Nair and Radhakrishnan — who had promised to install solar power panels for them.

*Deposing before the Justice Sivarajan Commission which is probing the solar scam, Nair accused Chandy, and his Cabinet colleague Arayadan Mohammed of accepting bribe of Rs 1.90-crore.

*Nair deposed before justice G Sivarajan’s panel, and claimed the money was handed over to Chandy’s Delhi-based aide Thomas Kuruvila in two instalments.

*A vigilance court ordered the vigilance director to file an FIR and conduct an inquiry against Chandy and power minister Aryadan Mohammed on a petition alleging that they had taken bribes of Rs 1.90 crore and Rs 40 lakh respectively from solar scam accused Saritha S. Nair.

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*The Chief Minister spent nearly 11 hours on Monday being questioned by the inquiry panel. He has refused to take a lie-detector test as suggested by Saritha Nair’s lawyer.

*Facing a heat of demands for his resignation, Chandy said : “Why should I resign? I am telling the people of Kerala that even if there is one per cent truth in what is being claimed, forget about resigning as Chief Minister, I will quit politics”.

*Chandy has moved High Court against the vigilance court order which allowed an FIR to be filed against him.

*It is probably the biggest scandal to have rocked any government in Kerala so far. (ANI)

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