Vijayan summoned by special CBI court in corruption case

June 23rd, 2009 - 5:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Kochi, June 23 (ANI): The CBI court on Tuesday issued summons to Kerala CPI (M) State Secretary and former minister Pinarayi Vijayan and eight others in the SNC Lavalin corruption case.

On June 11, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against Vijayan in connection to the SNC Lavalin case in which he is named as the seventh accused.

Vijayan is the first Politburo member to be prosecuted in a corruption case.

As Kerala Power Minister in 1997, Vijayan allegedly had inked a deal with Canadian firm SNC Lavalin to renovate three power projects in the state.

In 2001, the Assembly Subject Committee found that the deal with Lavalin had caused huge losses to the Government.

A CAG report said the state lost 374.5 crore rupees in the deal.

According to the CBI, Vijayan allegedly colluded with others in a criminal conspiracy to favour the firm SNC Lavalin.

The 10-page chargesheet and documents running into 3,000 pages were submitted to special judge P A Jyothindra Nath by CBI Deputy SP Ashok Kumar.

Vijayan has been charged under sections 420 and 120 (B) of the IPC and sections 13 (2) and 13 (1B) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. (ANI)

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