Congress says probe order against its leaders politically motivated

Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday said the LDF government's decision on the probe against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and others in the Solar case was "politically motivated" as it had come on a day when bypoll was being held at Vengara in Malappuram district. 

Senior congress leader and former defence minister A K Antony hit out at the LDF government for coming out with the report when the state was witnessing a bypoll.

The move was "politically motivated", Antony said.

KPCC president M M Hassan said the left government was acting with vengeance by registering cases against Congress leaders. The Congress was not afraid of any probe, he said, adding, it would face it politically and legally.

A political affairs committee would soon meet to discuss the future course of action, he said.

CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan wanted Chandy and other Congress leaders, against whom the probe has been ordered, to quit politics.

"Those who are corrupt and immoral should not continue in public life," he said.

Saritha welcomed the government decision and said "justice has been done, though late.

In a setback to the opposition Congress-led UDF, the government Wednesday ordered a vigilance probe against Chandy and several other leaders in connection with the multi-crore solar scam.

A decision in this regard was taken on the basis of the findings of the Justice G Sivarajan Commission, which probed the scam and had last month submitted its report to the government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

The government also decided to launch further probe into the scam by a special investigation team against Chandy, former power minister Aryadan Mohammed and another former minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, after registering a case against them, he told reporters.