Sexual abuse case against former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy: CBI conducts inspection

The CBI team probing the sexual harassment case against five Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on Tuesday inspected the Cliff House, the official residence of the Kerala Chief Minister, in search of evidence.

State Congress leaders, including Chandy, are accused of sexually abusing a woman, the main accused in the solar panel scam.

Sources said that the team reached Cliff House with special permission from the state government.

Television channels broadcast visuals of a CBI team inspecting the cliff house, where the victim alleged that she was misbehaved with a senior Congress leader when he was the chief minister.

Last month, the team had inspected the MLA Hostel, where some former Congress MLAs had allegedly misbehaved with the victim.

Sources said that the complainant woman was also with the CBI team which had conducted the inspection.

The Left government had last year recommended a CBI probe into the sexual harassment case filed by a woman accused in the solar scam against five Congress leaders—Chandy, party MPs—KC Venugopal, Hibi Eden, Adoor Prakash, former minister AP Anil Kumar and former minister AP Anil Kumar. AP Abdullah Kutty, who was earlier in Congress and now in BJP camp.

Chandy has said that he has not done any wrong and he is ready to face any investigation.

Cases against six, including Chandy, were registered over the years on the complaint of a woman accused in the multi-crore solar panel scam during the previous UDF government and probe by the Crime Branch police that she was sexually abused by him. in 2012.

In the solar scam, the two main accused, a man and a woman, allegedly duped investors of lakhs of rupees by promising to install solar panels for them. The two primary suspects were arrested in October 2013, and sentenced to three years in prison on December 16, 2016.

Chandy and other Congress leaders were later accused of soliciting money and sexual relations as part of the scam.

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