Ker govt at hand over sexual assault circumstances in opposition to Chandy others to CBI; Opp slams it as politically motivated

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Ker Government Turns Sexual Assault Cases Against Chandy Others To CBI; Opp criticizes it as politically motivated



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Thiruvananthapuram, January 24th (PTI) Months before the Kerala gathering polls, the LDF government has decided to recommend a CBI investigation into cases against former Prime Minister Ommen Chandy and five other people charged with allegations of sexual exploitation by a first class Woman filed in the sensation were solar fraud. Calling the move “politically motivated”, Sunday’s opposition congress said the CPIM-led government could not find anything against the party leaders for the past five years and made the decision because the elections were coming while Chandy claimed he was ready to face a probe. Union Minister V Muraleedharan also attacked the government, saying the decision to investigate the Central Bureau of Investigation was made in view of the polls. In protest against the change in government, the youth congress staff marched to the secretariat and burned a portrait of Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The responsible CPI-M State Secretary A Vijayaraghavan denied the allegation of political motivation and told reporters that it was only a natural course of action “to ensure justice for the complainant”. A Gazette notice was issued after the state government decided to give its approval to the CBI probe. The cases against the six, including Chandy, have been recorded in recent years and are being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department based on a complaint by her of the woman who was accused of multi-crore solar panel fraud during the previous UDF administration Having been sexually exploited In addition to Chandy, who was recently appointed head of the party’s 10-member election management body for the state elections expected in April-May, Congressmen KC Venugopal, Hibi Eden and Adoor Prakash, and MLA AP Anil Kumar and BJP – Chairman AP Abdulla Kutty are the defendants in the six cases. The case against Abdulla Kutty was registered in 2014 when he was a congressional MLA from Kannur. He later came to BJP. The complainant, who had alleged rape against the Congress leaders, had recently written to Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asking for a CBI investigation because the police investigation showed limitations. The woman and her co-defendant in the fraud allegedly deceived multiple millions of rupee investors by offering to set up solar panels for them. In a letter to the Police Commissioner on July 19, 2013, the woman brought charges of sexual misconduct and corruption against several leaders of Congress and the UDF, including Chandy, some of his ministers and two former Union ministers. This is the second case the LDF government recommended an investigation by CBI this month. Earlier, on January 11, it was decided to hand over the investigation into the death of two underage sisters following alleged sexual assault in 2017 in Walayar. The Vijayan government accused the central authorities of cracking down on them after they began investigating gold smuggling cases, and last November withdrew general consent from the CBI to investigate cases in the state. In response to the new development, senior congress leader Ramesh Chennithala claimed it was a “political stunt”. For five years when the government was in power on the left front, they could not find anything, and when the elections were near, the case was turned over to the central authority, the opposition leader said in a statement at the state assembly on Sunday. Chandy, who led the Congressional-led UDF government in the tumultuous days following the solar fraud, said, “What has this (LDF) government been doing with the case for five years? They have now turned it over to the CBI.” State Congress President Mullapally Ramachandran also slammed the government, claiming the CBI investigation was carried out with ulterior motives. The cases were investigated by three senior IPS officials and nothing was found. “It’s politically motivated,” Ramachandran told reporters. Muraleedharan hit the Vijayan government, saying the government had “not even lifted a little finger” for five years and now, with the Congregation polls only months away, it has decided to recommend the CBI probe. In a statement, the BJP chairman said the decision was taken because the LDF feared a “loss of face” polls for congregation polls after central authorities investigated the gold smuggling case and the Life Mission project. BJP President K Surendran said the CPI (M) and the LDF had previously decided that the solar case would not require a CBI probe and that an forensic investigation would be sufficient. As the elections approached, the change in stance on the left front was to defraud the people of the state, he said, adding that the Judicial Commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice G Sivarajan, had also investigated the case. PTI UD VS VS

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