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Solar scam: Assembly adjourns after LDF protest

Solar scam: Assembly adjourns after LDF protest

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M led LDF opposition members continued their protest in the Assembly Monday over solar scam issue leading to early adjournment of the House for the day.

Trouble started during the Zero Hour when a notice for an adjournment motion, moved by the opposition alleging that government was threatening the Solar Judicial Commission probing the scam, was disallowed by Speaker N Sakthan.

Taking objection to the Speaker's ruling that the issue could be taken as first submission as the same was discussed in the House several times, opposition members stood up and raised slogans.

Some of the LDF members including V Sivankutty, T V Rajesh, James Mathew, Babu M Pallissery, K K Lathika, all CPI-M and V S Sunil Kumar (CPI) even climbed Speaker's podium to protest alleging the Speaker had failed to protect the rights of opposition.

When ruckus continued, the Speaker adjourned the House after rushing through other scheduled business for the day.

Later, Opposition members led by CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan held a dharna in front of Speaker's office to protest against the decision.

The solar case relates to duping of several persons by the two prime accused Saritha S Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan after promising to install solar power panels for them.

While Nair was granted bail after being behind bars for some nine months, Radhakrishnan is still in jail.

After the scam broke out, the opposition had demanded resignation of Chandy as the names of two of his personal staff had come up during the probe.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala rejected opposition charge that attempt was on to threaten the Solar Judicial Commission and he criticised its functioning.

Chennithala justified the decision of the state DGP to provide tight security to Radhakrishnan, while he was taken to Coimbatore to recover the purported video clippings allegedly showing some state politicians 'engaging' in wrong situation with Nair.

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