LDF stalls Kerala Assembly over solar scam

PTI Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on March 12, 2018

Continuing to target Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on the solar panel scam, the CPI-M-led LDF Opposition today stalled proceedings in the Assembly for the third consecutive day.

After seeking leave for an adjournment motion on “police excesses” on youth marchers over the issue for the last two days, LDF members raised the demand for Chandy’s resignation alleging he had links with the scam accused Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan, who financially cheated many people by promising them solar panel solutions and agencies.

Placard-wielding and slogan-shouting LDF members trooped into the well of the House during Zero Hour, forcing Speaker G. Karthikeyan to cut short the day’s sitting.

Seeking leave for the motion, V. S. Sunilkumar (CPI) accused the UDF Government of trying to cover up irregularities in the ‘CM’s office’ and diverting the course of the investigation.

Trying to take the wind out of the Opposition sails, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said there was no truth whatsoever in the Opposition allegation that the fake company had been given orders to install solar panels in many Government institutions, including the Chief Minister’s official residence.

Only those companies approved by the State’s non-conventional energy agency Anert had been given orders.

“We have not given a minor favour worth Rs 10 to the company under question. Then where is the question of heaping favours worth crores of rupees to the company, as being alleged by LDF,” he said.

After the House adjourned, LDF members marched out of the Assembly hall and staged a sit-in for a while in front of the Legislature complex.

The issue has been disrupting proceedings in the House for the last three days and feeder outfits of CPI-M and CPI have been running a campaign across the state.

The Chief Minister has ruled out his resignation, holding that he has not done anything wrong. But two of his personal staff were sacked last week after they were found to have made frequent calls to the accused in the case.

The Government had entrusted the case to a special team of investigators headed by ADGP (South Zone).

The accused in the case, Saritha and Biju Radhakrishnan, have been arrested and remanded to custody.

Published on June 19, 2013

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