CBI probe in solar scam case not necessary: Govt to HC

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 19:34

Kochi: The Kerala Government today informed the High Court that a CBI enquiry was not necessary into the solar scam case, which had rocked the state last year.

The affidavit in this regard was filed on a PIL by opposition leader V S Achutanandan, seeking a CBI probe in the Solar panel case.

The affidavit, filed by investigating officer, V Ajit, Deputy Superintendent of Police, stated that no evidence could be collected against any other person other than the present accused.

There was no loss to the state exchequer. Investigation of the case was almost complete and files have been placed before the trial courts concerned, he stated.

The petitioner had also sought a probe involving the Enforcement Directorate, corporate affairs department and IT department.

Achuthanandan contended that in order to inspire confidence among the public regarding justice delivery system, a fair and impartial enquiry was required in the solar case. The money trail involved in the case has to be found out in the interest of the state`s economy, he had submitted.

The Opposition leader also sought an investigation into `sabotaging` the statement given to the magistrate court here by one of the prime accused, Saritha S Nair.

The earlier investigation by the crime branch was not impartial, he stated. No efforts were taken by the investigating team to trace the amount collected by the accused, he said.

The scam involving a fraudulent solar company- Team Solar had taken a political turn after a close personal aide of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was arrested for his alleged links with the accused. Two other personal staff of his office were also removed in connection with the scam.

The opposition CPI(M) led LDF had stalled assembly proceedings for several days and had also launched agitations, demanding Chandy`s resignation over the issue.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 19:34

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