Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M in Kerala today alleged a RSS-Chief Minister Oommen Chandy link behind the UDF government move to seek early hearing of a revision plea in the High Court, challenging a CBI court discharging CPI-M leader Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC-Lavalin graft case.
"Move of the government to file appeal against CBI Special Court order in the Lavalin graft case, which was closed two years ago, is politically motivated," CPI-M State Seceretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters here.
"It is a result of a relation between RSS and Chandy," he alleged. Balakrishnan also said it has become a practice for Congress to rake up the Lavalin case when elections approach in the state.
"Chandy was using CBI through RSS', he alleged. Balakrishnan charged that the objective of the government move against Vijayan was to divert the attention of people from the 'Nava Kerala Yatra' led by Vijayan that begins tomorrow.
UDF government also wanted to divert people's attention from the latest development in the Solar case in which Chandy is scheduled to depose before the Judicial Commission probing the scam, on January 25, Balakrishnan contended.
The CBI special court in Thiruvananthapuram had in November 2013 discharged Vijayan and six others from the case. The case pertains to an agreement with Canadian firm SNC Lavalin for renovation of three hydro electric power projects which allegedly caused a loss of Rs 374.50 crore to the exchequer.
The final agreement with the company was signed when Vijayan was power minister in the 1990s in the LDF ministry headed by the late E K Nayanar. Referring to the CBI summons to Kannur CPI-M district secretary P Jayarajan in the 'Kathiroor Manoj murder case', Balakrishnan alleged CBI was functioning now "as per the direction of RSS."
The 42-year-old Manoj, a district functionary of RSS, was hacked to death in politically-volatile Kathiroor in Kannur district in 2014.