BJP Chief Kummanam Rajashekharan even tweeted with a hashtag, #KeralaCMMustgo.

Bad news then good news A day out in court for the UDF govt
news Solar scam Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 14:43

The morning started with terrible news for Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and the UDF government with a vigilance court in Thrissur directing that an FIR should be lodged against the CM and other ministers in the solar scam.

The vigilance court while hearing a petition filed by social activist PD Joseph said that his petition can be treated as an FIR, paving way for the state’s CM to be probed in the solar scam. Joseph’s petition was on the basis of new revelations by solar scam accused Saritha Nair that she paid Rs 1.9 crore to the CM’s office.

Predictably, the Left and the BJP came out all guns blazing demanding the CM’s resignation.

BJP Chief Kummanam Rajashekharan even tweeted with a hashtag, #KeralaCMMustgo.

Just as the demands for his resignation were becoming shriller, came some relief for the CM, this time from another court.

The Kerala High Court hearing the state government’s appeal passed an interim stay on the Thrissur Vigilance’s court’s order directing an FIR to be filed against Excise Minister K Babu.

What does the High Court’s order mean?

1) With an interim stay granted for two months, there will be no FIR filed immediately against K Babu.

2) This also means there is a possibility that K Babu may return to the cabinet, as his resignation was never referred to the governor.

3) The High Court’s criticism that the Vigilance Court rushed in ordering an FIR will only help the Chandy government in blunting criticism against it.

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