Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan on Tuesday called for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s resignation in the wake of the observations of the High Court of Kerala while hearing a case relating to the solar scam earlier in the day.
“Mr. Chandy has no right to continue in office even for a second after these very severe observations the High Court had made today,” Mr. Achuthanandan said at a press conference soon after television channels had come out with reports about the High Court expressing its dissatisfaction about the manner in which the solar scam was being investigated by the State police.
Mr. Achuthanandan said the High Court too was raising the same points the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) had been raising ever since the scam had broken out one-and-a-half months ago. “Our allegation was that Mr. Chandy too had a role in the solar scam and, therefore, the whole truth relating to the affair could be brought out only through a judicial inquiry under which he too could be properly interrogated. We had also been saying that the police investigation now going on in the case was meant only to destroy evidence linking the Chief Minister to the scam. Now the High Court too has expressed the same suspicions,” he said.
CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has no right to remain in office as two Benches of the High Court have simultaneously come down heavily on him in connection with the ‘solar scam.’
“This is unprecedented. At no time in the past have two Benches of the High Court come out with critical observations about any Chief Minister,” Mr. Vijayan told a news conference here on Tuesday. With its remarks, the High Court virtually expressed the view that the Chief Minister should also come under the ambit of the ‘solar scam’ investigation, he said.
The CPI(M) State secretary said the police’s failure to produce Saritha S. Nair before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ernakulam, for her to make a statement in writing as desired by her and as permitted by the court clearly suggested misuse of the police by the Chandy government. This was what prompted the High Court to ask whether the government wanted to cover up something and the judge’s warning that the ADGP or the State Police Chief himself would be summoned to give an explanation on the issue, he said.