Saritha's abuse charges out of solar panel purview: HC

Lester Mason
May 15, 2018

The Kerala high court on Tuesday expunged from Solar Scam Enquiry Commission's report the allegations raised by accused Saritha S Nair in a letter written while in jail.

The High Court ordered amendments to the Justice Sivarajan Commission report and said there were no objections to continue with the probe.

The sexual harassment charges raised in the letter are matters that can only be investigated under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and not by a Commission of Inquiry, said Chandy.

The Court issued the order while partly allowing the petition filed by Chandy seeking to quash the commission report.

By placing the report before the Kerala Legislative Assembly, Saritha's letter and the "pernicious references" about his public life has become part of records, the former CM had pointed out. If any further actions were taken or press releases were issued, they too have to be reviewed accordingly, the court said. Saritha's letter, which was allegedly written on July 19, 2013 while in police custody, was included as evidence by the Commission.

The new order by the HC comes based on the petitions submitted by Oommen Chandy and former minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.

Thiruvanchoor had contended that the remarks by the commission were baseless, affected his reputation and violated basic human rights.

The report squarely blamed the former chief minister for the solar scam.

The state government stated that the Solar Commission is perfectly justified in recommending the authorities to have a proper investigation on the allegations of sexual exploitation levelled by Saritha Nair one of the accused in the solar cheating cases. The meeting also chose to charge 14 of them, including Oommen Chandy, with sexual harassment.

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