17-Oct-2017
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Kerala govt initiates criminal probe against former CM Chandy in Solar case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Oct 11: The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to initiate a criminal and vigilance probe against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and others in the Rs 7 million Solar Scam case
 
Chandy's cabinet colleagues Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Aryadan Mohammed and former Congress legislators Thampanoor Ravi and Benny Behanan would also be probed in the scam that surfaced in 2013.
 
The decision was announced by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after the weekly cabinet meeting based on the recommendations of the Solar Scam Commission report submitted by Justice (retd) G. Sivarajan in September.
 
Pinarayi said the commission had found that Chandy and his former staff members, namely, Tenny Joppen, Jikkumon Jacob, gunman Salim Raj, and Delhi-based friend Kuruvila helped prime accused Saritha S. Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan and their company Team Solar help cheat clients.
 
Pinarayi said a criminal case would be registered against former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan as the commission had found that he helped Chandy escape the case in his capacity as minister.