A vigilance court in Kerala ordered the registration of an FIR against chief minister Oommen Chandy and power minister Aryadan Muhammed in connection with the solar scam. Chandy is accused of taking bribes from industrialists for allotting solar panels at cheaper rates.
On Wednesday, the prime accused Saritha Nair had told the judicial commission probing the case that she had paid Rs 1.90 crore as bribe to Chandy to get a government subsidy and other benefits for her solar energy venture.
Nair’s allegations come a day after Chandy refused to undergo a lie-detector test while deposing before the judicial commission.
Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan together floated the firm Team Solar Renewable Energy Solutions Private Limited in 2011, and were arrested in 2013 for allegedly duping investors from whom they collected crores for a solar power project. Last month, Radhakrishnan, now serving life term for the murder of his wife, claimed before the commission that he had paid Rs 5.5 crore to Chandy as bribe.
Three personal staff members of the chief minister were suspended after investigations, but Mr Chandy has denied any direct link.
Chandy on Wednesday denied the charges saying it was “an attempt by Saritha to wriggle out” of the case. “Let her state what benefit she got after bribing us,” Chandy told reporters in Thiruvanthapuram. The cheques Saritha had handed over for relief fund had also bounced, he said.
Earlier on Thursday, CPI(M) activists protested outside the state government’s headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram demanding Chandy’s resignation. The protestrers were lathi-charged by the police.