Thiruvananthapuram: In a major development in the defamation case filed by former chief minister Oommen Chandy against V S Achuthanandan in connection with the sensational solar scam, the petitioner got an upper hand on Thursday after the documents produced by defense witness turned out to be in favour of the petitioner. The examination of witnesses in the case is proceeding before Principal Sub Court– I here.
On Thursday, the court had scheduled to examine the statements of Achuthanandan. Since he could not appear, the court proceeded to the cross-examination of the witnesses listed by Achuthanandan. Thus, special secretary (home) Rajasekharan Nair was cross-examined on Thursday. He produced six documents, including a copy of four volumes of the report filed by Justice Sivarajan Commission that conducted a judicial inquiry into the scam. The other documents were the copies of letters sent by Achuthanandan seeking copy of the commission report, request placed before the legislative assembly on the government’s action taken report on the case and a copy of the government order informing about constituting a special probe team for the case.
But, during the cross-examination by Chandy’s advocate A Santhosh Kumar, who is also a former district government pleader of Thiruvananthapuram, the special secretary had to admit that there were no remarks in the documents produced to substantiate the allegations levelled by Achuthanandan against Chandy.
The case pertains to the petition filed by Chandy against Achuthanandan in 2014 after the latter raised some serious allegations against Chandy having involvement in the solar scam in a television interview. Despite the petition being filed, Achuthanandan stood firm on his allegations.
The case was shelved after a judicial inquiry was launched into the matter.
On August 26, 2019, Chandy appeared before the court and gave his statement. The court has scheduled the next sitting of the case on October 17.
News Source: The Times Of India