People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXVII

No. 27

July 07, 2013

 

KERALA

 

Solar Gate Scam

 

N S Sajith

 

AS the protests against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for his involvement in the multi crore Solar gate case scam increase, the evidence of ugly rapport of Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishan with women involved in the scandal also has been established. Two central ministers and several Congress party leaders are also involved in the scam.

 

The activists of DYFI and AISF are protesting with black flags at every public function attended by the chief minister and the protests of the people against the government are rising whenever new evidences are appearing. Radhakrishnan, whose track record as home minister is notorious, in terms of carrying out political vendatta, as seen especially in T P Chandrashekharan case and Fasal case, seemed to be defence less when the evidences of his presence in Shalu Menonís house warming ceremony appeared. The very next day, a section of media exposed the telephone call records which show Sarita had called Radhakrishnan last year.

 

First he denied his presence in the house warming ceremony of Shalu Menon, but when some photographs of his were shown, he confessed. The photographs which some channels exposed contained the images Kodikkunnil Suresh, MoS Labour who earlier confessed that he had proposed Shaluís name to the Censor board.

 

Shalu, previously disclosed that he had close relationship with Sarita S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan, co owners of the fraudulent firm Team Solar which siphoned off crores of money offering Solar plants and wind mills.

 

The relationship with the chief minister and his men in CMO was already established. In the meanwhile, the bail application of Joppan, the personal assistant of the chief minister was struck down by a local court in Pathanamthitta.

 

LDYF a body comprising of Left youth organisations like the DYFI and the AIYF has waged huge protest marches all over the state and hundreds of youth activists have been brutally attacked by the police in various centers in the state.

 

The streets of Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kattappana in Idukki saw the blood of the youth spilt due to the rough lathicharge and grenade hurling by the police. On June 29, DYFI activists showed black flags to chief minister. In Kozhikode, 60 youth activists were brutally lathicharged by police and many of them were seriously injured. Police had not spared even the women. Five media persons were also hospitalised. In Malappuram, DYFI state joint secretary P I Muhammed Riyas received grave injuries. His right hand and leg have been fractured.