Kerala solar scam: Congress rejects probe panel report, says Oommen Chandy ready to face trial

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday rejected the Solar Judicial Commission probe report which indicted former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and other Congress leaders and said they are ready to face any trial.

"We have always said that LDF came to power on completely false and baseless allegations. Chandy and all other leaders named therein are more than willing to face any trial. We have no hesitation," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Stressing on Chandy's integrity and honesty, Surjewala said that he was "the only chief minister in India, who put a video camera in his chamber, so that entire Kerala could see what was happening in chief minister's chamber throughout the day".

Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy. AFP

Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy. AFP

He said that though Congress had lost the assembly polls, but "as far as integrity of Oomen Chandy and his government were concerned, his honesty and sincerity of purpose were concerned, no person in Kerala has ever doubted it".

"If anybody levels allegations, we welcome problem. We will face a trial and we will prove that we are innocent," he added.

Surjewala however sought to know the reason for the delay in releasing the report.

Chandy on Thursday also said he does not rule out foul play in preparation of the solar judicial probe report in which he has been indicted. The 1,000 page report was tabled at a special session of the state assembly.

The allegations regarding the multi-crore solar energy investment fraud that rocked the then Chandy government in 2013 were led by Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan.

Among the others who have been found guilty include Chandy's former cabinet colleagues Aryadan Mohammed, Adoor Prakash, AP Anil Kumar and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.

Updated Date: Nov 10, 2017 09:38 AM

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