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Solar Panel Submits Report; Did Nothing Wrong, Says Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram:  A judicial commission, which probed the Kerala solar scam that had rocked the previous Congress-led government headed by Oommen Chandy, today submitted its report.

It was handed over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by Justice G Sivarajan this afternoon, about four years after the commission was constituted.

The tenure of the commission was to end tomorrow. “The report has been submitted to the chief minister,” Justice Sivarajan told reporters later.

However, he declined to disclose the contents of the four-volume report, saying the chief minister would inform the media about it. “I have received the report but have not opened it yet… will inform you later,” Mr Vijayan said.

Mr Chandy told reporters that he had done nothing wrong and was not apprehensive about the outcome of the commission’s report. “A report has been submitted. Let the details come out. I have no anxiety as I have done no wrong,” he said.

“My office was open to all where anyone could drop in to meet me,” the former chief minister said.

He said this when it was pointed that there were allegations that main accused Saritha Nair had met him in his office and at the secretariat several times in connection with the business activities of Team solar company promoted by her and another accused Biju Radhakrishnan.

The then CPI(M)-led LDF opposition had launched a massive agitation, including a 30-hour siege of the secretariat, demanding Chandy’s resignation as the scam took a political turn after two members of the chief minister’s staff– Tenny Joppen and Jikkumon– were removed for their alleged links with Ms Nair.

The scam came into the limelight after telephone conversations between staff of Mr Chandy and prime accused Saritha Nair came up before the media.