Solar case: Everyone knows there is no evidence against me, says Oommen Chandy
Former Kerala Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy said that the solar case is a political conspiracy without any evidence. The Crime Branch probing the case gave Chandy a clean chit which is a setback to the LDF government.
“The Supreme Court of India ordered that the complainant's letter should not be added to the report of the commission and no action should be taken over it. The case was expected to close with this order,” Chandy said.
The Congress leader said that the LDF government was aware of the hidden motives behind the case, and they tried to use it politically against him. He added that the case has no evidence and was fabricated to trap political opponents.
“Everyone knows there is no evidence in this case. I did not apply for anticipatory bail as I was fully aware that there is no evidence in this case,” Chandy said.
The Congress leader said the truth will come out at some time. “The truth cannot be hidden for a long time. Everything will come out eventually,” Chandy said.
Earlier, the Crime Branch (CB) said there is no evidence against Chandy in the solar sexual harassment case. The CB report stated that Chandy was not present at the Chief Minister’s official residence – Cliff House, on the day of the incident. The report also pointed out that there was no proof that the complainant was at Cliff House on the same day.
In 2018, the Crime Branch filed a case against Chandy based on the complainant’s statements. For two years the Crime Branch probed the case. Seeing how the case was progressing, the complainant approached the Kerala government and requested them to transfer the sexual harassment case related to the solar scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The government recently handed over the case to CBI.
Chandy pointed out that it took the Kerala government five years to hand over the case. He said that the police could have taken him into custody in 2018 but failed to act. Reports suggest that the Crime Branch could not prove whether the incident even occurred in the first place.