New SIT wings form by Kerala Govt to probe solar case

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 11, 2017, 2:03 am IST
Updated Nov 11, 2017, 2:10 am IST
Sources said that there was no chance of registering any case immediately.
Oommen Chandy (Photo: A.V. MUZAFAR )
 Oommen Chandy (Photo: A.V. MUZAFAR )

Thiruvananthapuram: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the government to probe into charges against former chief minister Oommen Chandy, various politicians and police officials will start the probe only by next week. The SIT may form separate wings for probe into various issues.

According to sources, the team headed by North-zone DGP Rajesh Dewan will hold discussions with state police chief Loknath Behera and convene a meeting of the team members next week to decide further course of action.

Sources said that there was no chance of registering any case immediately. As many as 22 persons would have to face the probe as per the Gover-nment Order issued on Wednesday late night.

The SIT may constitute separate wings for probe into various issues. A team led by the Special Investigation Unit-I SP E.S. Bijumon could be entrusted with the corruption angles.

The allegations of sexual gratification is likely to be entrusted with Crime Branch DySP A. Shanavaz as the sexual allegation case against former Congress legislator A.P. Abdullakutty was already being probed by him. However, the case has been in cold storage for over two years as Saritha did not turn up to give statements to the police.

Another team will probe into the charges against the Special Investigation Team that probed the 33 cases pertaining to solar cheating.

Sources in the police said that it was an indeed a baffling job ahead for the investigation team. Even the Government Order is very vague.  The SIT may initially  analyse the documents available and then proceed with recording con woman Saritha S. Nair’s statement afresh. Only then can it decide on registering cases as there were already allegations over contradictions in Saritha’s earlier petitions and statements, especially with regard to the sexual charges.

Since Mr Dewan has hardly five months of service left, a decision needs to be taken on registering a case he was not interested in taking over. He had earlier informed his displeasure on being entrusted with the probe.

IG headquarters Dinendra Kashyap was nominated as the station house officer by the government. A formal notification in this regard will be issued. Crime Branch SP P.B. Rajeevan and DySP B. Radhakrishna Pillai are the other members of the team. The team would be expanded in due course.





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