Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said here on Monday that it was for the court to take cognizance of alleged interpolation, implicating Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the solar scam, in the petition filed by Sreedharan Nair of Konni before the court.
The Minister told the media said that the government could not examine documents before courts.
Mr. Radhakrishnan said that he had no connections with dancer and actor Shalu Menon alleged to be an accomplice in the scam. Though he did not know her, he had visited her house during house-warming ceremony. He was at a nearby venue of a seminar, and party workers had wanted him to visit the House as leaving the venue by car. He went there and spent about two minutes there. Several CPI (M) and BJP workers were there at the ceremony. He was told that she was the granddaughter of Tripoonithura Aravindakshan whom he knew.
The Minister said that it was for the investigating team to decide whether they should collect evidence at the Chief Minister’s office or question the Chief Minister. The government had given the team a free hand and was not interfering with the investigations in any way. The investigating officers could arrest Ms. Menon or others if there was evidence. “The government does not want to blackmail, restrain or mislead the investigators.”
He said that he did not want to paint Janata Dal (S) Member of the Assembly Jose Thettayil in the black. Proper investigation was being done into the case against him.