Kochi: The administrative panel of the Kerala High Court chaired by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur has informed the State government that it cannot provide the service of sitting judge for the judicial probe in the solar case.
The decision in this regard taken by a five-member administrative committee of the court was Friday conveyed to the State Chief Secretary E K Bharath Bhushan, CM's office sources said.
According to reports, the panel took the decision on the ground that the High court of Kerala is short of judges and over a lakh cases pending in the courts.
Meanwhile, CPI-M led LDF, which insisted on a probe by a sitting judge right from the start, said if government makes sincere efforts, it is still possible to get the services of a sitting judge.
"If the government made a renewed plea to the High Court it is still possible to get the services of a sitting judge. But the government's sincerity in the matter is suspect," CPI-M politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said.
Under persistent demand from LDF Opposition, the Cabinet had earlier this month decided to hold a judicial probe into the scam and sought the services of a sitting judge.
The State Cabinet had given its nod to a judicial probe into the solar scam. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced a judicial probe by a sitting judge following the high-voltage agitation by the LDF and the two-day siege to the State secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.
The solar scam has been making headlines in the state for two months. Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan allegedly defrauded people by offering solar energy solutions at huge discounts. After large sums of money were collected, the couple failed to make good their promises. Large numbers of complaints against them were received by police.