press trust of india
Thiruvananthapuram, 8 July
The Solar panel scam which has brought Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s office under a cloud continued to haunt the UDF Government with the Opposition LDF today intensifying the agitation for his resignation and a judicial probe, disrupting the Assembly proceedings.
The issue also spilled onto the street with activists of Youth Congress and CPI’s youth wing AIYF clashing in the state capital after taking out marches in support of their respective political stands.
In a related development, a magistrate court dismissed the bail plea of TV actress Shalu Menon, arrested in connection with the case and remanded her to police custody for three days.
LDF members created uproar in the state Assembly for Mr Chandy’s resignation.
The slogan-shouting and placard wielding Opposition alleged that the investigation was being sabotaged by the government with the intention of forestalling an inquiry into the chief minister’s role in the scam.
Countering the Opposition onslaught, Mr Chandy accused the LDF of trying to create a smokescreen with political motives and maintained that an “effective and impartial” probe was on. The bail plea of Shalu Menon, arrested on Friday last for her alleged links with Biju, was dismissed by Judicial First Class Magistrate here.
Meanwhile, the Pathanamthitta First Class Magistrate court extended the remand period of Biju till 22 July.