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Thiruvanathapuram: Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Thursday said a special team would probe the solar cheating case and the misuse of CM’s office phone.

In reply to adjournment motion moved by CPI-M legislator Raju Abraham, Ommen Chandy said strict action would be taken against those found guilty of wrongdoing and urged the Opposition to wait at least until an interim report of the probe was received.

The Opposition questioned how a woman, Saritha S. Nair, in police custody for involvement in several cases of cheating, had such easy access to Chandy's personal assistant Teny Jopan.

Seeking leave for an adjournment motion to discuss the issue, CPI-M legislator Raju Abraham told the house that the mobile phone that belonged to Jopan was used to contact Nair at least 70 times over a period of one month preceding the woman's arrest June 3.

"Since I don't have a mobile phone, I use the mobiles of my staff. I assure the house that nothing will be kept under wraps, and once the interim report is ready, all those who are found to have done wrong will be proceeded against," Chandy said.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that it was rather strange that the office of the chief minister was dealing with a known cheat.

"We expected the chief minister to announce that he had suspended his personal assistant. He always speaks of transparent governance, is this the way to go about it? Which police official would do a fair probe when he has to probe the very office of the chief minister? The need of the hour is a judicial probe into these shady dealings," Balakrishnan said.

Unhappy over being told to wait until an interim report is ready, the Opposition walked out of the Assembly.

Nair, since 2000, is alleged to have been involved in more than 13 cases of cheating. Her latest escapade was conducted under the name of Team Solar, a company believed to have cheated numerous people of crores of rupees on promise of supplying solar panels and putting up windmill farms.

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