Lavalin Case: HC admits petition
Kochi, Nov 28 (PTI) The Kerala High Court today admitted a petition seeking further probe in a graft case relating to the award of contracts to a Canadian firm for renovation of three hydel projects in the state.
Justice S Sirijagan issued the direction on a revision petition filed by ''Crime'' magazine Editor T P Nandakumar. The court also issued notice to CBI.
According to the petitioner, a totally ''faulty'' investigation had been conducted by CBI which was aimed more at ''rescuing'' the accused.
The CBI court at Thiruvananthapuram had earlier turned down the plea of the petitioner, saying there was nothing to prove that the probe conducted by CBI was ''tainted'' and ''biased'' and there were no circumstances which warrant further investigation.
There are nine accused in the SNC- Lavalin case, including former Power Minister and CPI(M) state secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan.
The petitioner alleged that the lower court had equally faltered in excluding former ministers--Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, T Sivadasa Menon and Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan, from being arraigned as accused.
The petitioner also sought to set aside the CBI court order.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities and corruption in awarding contract for renovation of three hydel projects-- Pallivasal, Sengulam and Panniar-- to Canadian firm, SNC- Lavalin when Vijayan was power minister in the LDF government in mid-1990s, causing a loss of Rs 374.5 crore to the state exchequer.
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