A Leaked Audio Tape, Police Case: Kerala CM Faces Massive Crisis
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:A court in Thrissur on Thursday asked the police to file FIR against the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The opposition is already demanding Chandy’s resignation in connection with the solar scam.
With the assembly election just a few months away, the ruling Congress party of Kerala has been rocked by a massive political crisis. Let’s have a look at the latest developments!
- A petition demanded a case against Mr Chandy after one of the two main accused in the case, Saritha Nair, told an inquiry commission that a bribe of about two crores was paid to the personal staff of the chief minister.
- Saritha Nair and her partner Biju Radhakrishnan have been accused of collecting crores from industrialists after promising them solar panels at cheaper rates.
- According to the source, several calls were allegedly made from Mr Chandy’s office. The chief minister has been accused of links with Saritha Nair.
- Chandy was questioned for 11 hours on Monday. The senior Congress leader denied any involvement in the scam and also refused to take a lie-detector test as suggested by Saritha Nair’s lawyer.
- Left Front activists who were protesting outside the state government’s headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram were lathi-charged by the police when they allegedly tried to break the security cordon.
- Veteran Left leader VS Achuthanandan said, “The Chief Minister has to decide. These are the circumstances under which (ministers) KM Mani and K Babu resigned.”
- A leaked audio tape played on local media showed Congress spokesperson Tampanoor Ravi advising Saritha Nair to “play safe” in her testimony when she was cross-questioned. Ravi denied that his remarks are evidence of him trying to coach Ms Nair.
- So far, three personal staff members of the chief minister have been suspended after investigations, but Mr Chandy has denied any direct link.