Thiruvananthapuram: There is no mistaking the sense of insecurity that has enveloped the police force in the state after the special investigation team (SIT), which probed the solar panel scandal, came under severe attack from the justice G. Sivarajan Commission.
The investment fraud which rocked the previous UDF government has witnessed investigations and judicial procedures of unprecedented scenarios. The case was first probed by a special investigation team before the UDF government appointed a one-man Commission. Now, with the Sivarajan Commission submitting its report, a fresh Commission will be set up to look into the recommendations made by it. Also, an inquiry by a special investigation team has been ordered to examine the alleged lapses on the part of the first team which probed the scandal!
It is obvious that the members of the newly constituted SIT would be treading with caution as they would be beware of the bitter experience of the previous team.
The UDF government constituted a special investigation team headed by the then ADGP (Intelligence) A. Hemachandran to conduct a probe into the charges of financial fraud in connection with the sensational scam following the arrest of Saritha S. Nair, one of the key accused.
Many in the top echelons of the law enforcement are seemingly perturbed over the Commission’s recommendation to bring Hemachandran under the ambit of the probe because the SIT led by him had submitted charge-sheets in all the thirty-three cases registered against her. However, nobody has come forward to speak out so far understandably over fears of being targeted.
Notably, crime branch SP K.S. Sudarshan, a member of the first SIT which probed the solar scam during the UDF government’s tenure, was in charge of the probe into Perumbavoor Jisha murder case after the LDF government took over. Currently, he is leading the investigations in connection with the actress assault case in Kochi.
Appointing a judicial commission to examine another commission's findings has absolutely no precedent in the state’s history. Normally, such fact-finding panels are constituted to find loopholes in probes conducted by agencies including the police and offer recommendations based on their inquiry.