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SNC-Lavalin case: Kerala HC relieves CM Pinarayi of all charges

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Aug 2017 10:28am

SNC-Lavalin case: Kerala HC relieves CM Pinarayi of all charges

In the SNC-Lavalin Graft Case, Kerala High Court on Wednesday has given a clean chit to CM Pinarayi Vijayan, dismissing all accusations against him. The Court observed that CBI attempted to target him in the most unfair manner. A 100 pages judgment with additional details will be publicly unveiled in a short period, said by TV News Reports.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve appeared for Pinarayi Vijayan in the High Court. 

The Court upheld the previous order of a lower court in the SNC-Lavalin Graft case wherein a total of nine accused were serious charges, including Pianarayi Vijayan. The case was under the probe investigation of Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram on November 5, 2013, rejected the charge sheet submitted by the CBI against Vijayan and others stating that it is not maintainable.

Therefore, CBI moved to the Kerala High Court in a petition challenging the acquittal of Vijayan and others alleged in the case.       

Kerala Minister G. Sudhakaran supported the Court’s decision, stated that Justice has done and Truth become victorious. CPI (M) Kerala Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said: “It is the conspiracy of former Kerala CM Ommen Chandy’s Government against Vijayan and deceitfully dragged his name in the case ”.

In 1996, when Pinarayi was the minister of State electricity under the Ommen Chandy’s UDF Government, he tendered a supply contract for the makeover and development of three Hydro electric projects in Idukki district to SNC-Lavalin at an unfairly low-priced rate due to which the State exchequer suffered a loss of over 300 crore.    

Salve appearing for Vijayan argued that the contract was signed with a good intention to improve the power generation process, so that Shortage of electricity may never become, a State issue.    

Tagged: Kerala High Court   Lavalin case   Pinarayi Vijayan  
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