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Congress asks Kerala leaders to keep mum on 'solar scam'



 Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 12: The Congress high command on Thursday directed its party workers in Kerala not to make any public utterances on the solar scam, a day after the Pinarayi Vijayan government decided to initiate a criminal and vigilance probe against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and others in the Rs 7 million case.

The party high command has asked its senior leaders including Chandy, State Congress president M.M. Hassan, Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala and V.M. Sudheeran to reach Delhi for a meeting with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday afternoon.
The Congress party in Kerala over the years has been headed by factional leaders — with the current and majority faction led by Chandy and the other by Chennithala. In the solar scam, a majority of those to be proceeded against belong to the Chandy faction.
The others named in the case are legislator Hibi Eden, former MLAs Benny Behanan, P.C. Vishnunath, Thampanoor Ravi, Lok Sabha members Jose K. Mani and K.C. Venugopal, former union minister Palanimanickam and party office bearer N. Subramanian. All those named in the case belong to the Congress, except for Jose K. Mani of the Kerala Congress (Mani). Addressing reporters in Kottayam on Thursday, Radhakrishnan termed the state government’s move as nothing but political vendetta.
The allegations regarding the multi-crore solar energy investment fraud that rocked the Chandy government in 2013 were led by Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan. Nair had alleged she was sexually exploited by several political leaders. (IANS)