Addressing the reporters in Thiruvananthapuram after a cabinet meeting, Chandy said that a request regarding the judicial probe would be sent to the Chief Justice of the high court.

"The Left opposition can either come for a discussion on the terms of reference for the probe, or they can even send us their suggestions in writing. They had earlier said that they were not willing to engage in discussion. We have an open mind in the matter, and cannot force them into a discussion," Chandy said.

Saritha Nair, the prime accused in solar scam 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 stand tall on their promises. What made things worse for the couple was the large number of complaints received by the police against them.

Telephone call records of the fraudsters, who are under arrest, showed that they had been in close touch with the people occupying high offices in the state. While one member of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's personal staff was arrested in the case, two others lost their jobs. The Opposition had demanded that Chandy should resign for an unbiased probe.  

On being asked if the terms of reference for the probe would also include an investigation of the role of the Chief Minister's Office, as demanded by the Left opposition, Chandy said that numerous allegations were raised about his own office, but nothing was produced to substantiate the allegations.

(Agencies)

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