In the Oommen Chandy solar scam case, the Central Bureau of Investigation took over probe of sexual harassment allegations made against the ex-Kerala Chief Minister and other politicians by a woman who is the prime accused in the same case.
This development comes following the state government's recommendation earlier this year for a CBI investigation in the 2013 solar scam case.
As per reports on Tuesday, First Information Reports (FIRs) filed by the Kerala Crime Branch against six persons on the basis of claims made by the woman complainant who alleged that in 2012, she was sexually exploited by top Congress leaders were taken over by the CBI. Names include notables like Chandy, KC Venugopal and Adoor Prakash.
The multi-crore scam involving an arrangement with a company named Team Solar used a couple of women as political contacts to defraud people to the tune of crores of rupees.
Harassment Allegations In Oommen Chandy Solar Scam Case In Spotlight
Congress leaders claim the CBI handover is politically motivated, since the Kerala government put forth this recommendation first in February this prior, prior to the assembly elections.
According to New Indian Express, the CBI branch in Thiruvananthapuram raised objection to the transfer of the case citing lack of evidence and brief complaint. However, the transfer recommendation was presided over by top officials who saw that the case was given to the CBI from the crime branch.
Reports suggest assault allegations against Chandy and others surfaced in 2013 when one of the two women accused in the scam outlined her complaints in a letter from prison. Chandy was further accused of demanding bribes and sexual favours from the woman.
Earlier this year in April, one of the two female accused in the scam case Saritha Nair was arrested in Kerala. Read more on that here.