Congress party will never compromise on corruption: Rahul Gandhi

Thiruvananthapuram: With the growing protests over Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s resignation over his alleged involvement in the solar scam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday vowed to take strict action in the matter.

Addressing a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi said Congress party will never compromise on corruption.

“Want to make it clear if there is even small concrete evidence of corruption, Congress party will take immediate and strict action,” he said.

The scam relates to the duping of several persons by the two prime accused – S. Saritha Nair and Radhakrishnan — who had promised to install solar power panels for them.

Deposing before Justice Sivarajan Commission, which is probing the solar scam, Nair had accused Chandy and his Cabinet colleague Arayadan Mohammed of accepting a bribe of Rs 1.9 crore.

The Chief Minister spent nearly 11 hours on January 27 being questioned by the inquiry panel. He has refused to take a lie-detector test as suggested by Nair’s lawyer.

The case took a political turn with the arrest of one of Chandy’s close personal aides, who has alleged links with the accused. Two other employees in his personal staff are also under the scanner in connection with the scam.