Kerala Marxist leader Vijayan gets reprieve in wealth case

July 28th, 2008 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, July 28 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Kerala unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan got a reprieve Monday when the state high court was told that there was no company by the name of Kamala Exports International in Singapore, alleged to be owned by the Marxist leader. Assistant Solicitor General of India V. Parameswaran Nair gave this information to the Kerala High Court after the editor of an eveninger filed a case in the court alleging that Vijayan possesses huge wealth and has set up a company, Kamala Exports International in Singapore. Kamala is the name of Vijayan’s wife.

The editor alleged that Vijayan had received huge amounts as commission when he gave a contract to a Canadian firm, SNC Lavlin, for modernisation of hydro-electric plants when he was the electricity minister in 1997.

The complainant also alleged that Education Minister M.A. Baby had acquired huge wealth by being at the helm of a music promotion society. Nair told the court the director general of Income Tax in Delhi was looking into this allegation.

Nair fieldf the affidavit after the central government conducted investigations in Singapore and found that no such company exists.

This development appears to have come as a blessing for Vijayan, who is already facing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the SNC Lavlin case. Vijayan was interrogated by the CBI sleuths in Chennai a few weeks ago in connection with the case.

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