In yet another blow to UDF Government in Kerala, Vigilance Court has asked the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau to investigate the complaint against the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Power minister Aryadan Mohammed.
The complainant in this case had produced a CD and newspaper reports to bring to the notice of the Court the statements made by Saritha S Nair to the effect that she have bribed the Chief Minister and the Minister. The Complainant also stated that the Police will not investigate the case because of the fact that the respondents are heading the executive.
The prime accused in the solar case Saritha S Nair had yesterday targeted Chandy and Power Minister Arayadan Mohammed while deposing before the Justice Sivarajan Commission in Kochi, probing the case, and had alleged that she had paid bribes to the tune of Rs 1.90 crore to a close aide of the Chief Minister and Rs 40 lakh to Mohammed. (Source: PTI)
Regarding the issue of Jurisdiction of the Court, the Judge said that it has jurisdiction since the statement was made before the solar commission at Ernakulam which is under its jurisdiction.
The Judge S.S. Vasan remarked ‘In his order, the Judge says ‘while forwarding a complaint under Section 156(3) CrPC, the Magistrate or Special Judge is acting like a post office. I am not making any comments with regard to the case and I have not made any comments. I have to bear in mind Art. 14 of the Constitution. Be it a villageman or the Chief Minister, Law is equal to all public servants.’
The Vigilance Court had also ordered investigation against the former Excise Minister in the Bar Scam case. Live Law had reported the High Court proceedings in the application of Stay against that order. Though the Division Bench had refused to interfere, today the High Court has stayed the proceedings in Criminal Original Petition preferred by K. Babu.
Read the Order here.