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Kerala government nod for judicial probe into solar scam

According to reports, the cabinet on Friday gave its nod for the judicial inquiry into the solar scam, for which the terms of reference would be finalised after discussions with the opposition. Chief minister Oommen Chandy said the government would write to the high court chief justice seeking the services of a sitting judge for the probe.

Chandy was optimistic that the high court would render the service of a judge for the probe by considering it as a special case. “The opposition parties have been requested to give their recommendations for finalising the terms of reference. The government will wholeheartedly welcome their recommendations if they are willing to give them,” he said.

On repeated queries whether he would be inviting the opposition leaders for a discussion, Chandy said the government could write a letter to the opposition leader as well. “The opposition had earlier rejected our proposal for a discussion on the solar scam probe. If there is a need, we are ready to write to the opposition leader.”

The government has an open stand on the solar scam and it has nothing to hide, he said.

“We are ready for any kind of probe and we are ready to have a discussion with anybody. However, those raising the allegations should come up with convincing evidence. The opposition should prove its allegations substantially.”

Chandy cited an earlier instance of former chief minister E K Nayanar demanding a judicial inquiry against him when he was holding the forest portfolio in K Karunakaran ministry in 1982. “The then chief minister had gone for a judicial probe and none of the opposition members who raised allegations against me appeared before the commission nor filed any complaint. That is the precedence we have,” he said.

He also rubbished allegations that the government had a secret deal with the opposition for ending the Secretariat siege.

On the high court criticism of additional director general of police A Hemachandran who is heading the police investigation, Chandy said the government had constituted a high level police team headed by an ADGP since it would not be proper for the local police to investigate the case. Maintaining that he holds the court observations in high regard, he said the team was constituted to ensure a credible probe.

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