Kochi: CPI (M) Poliburo member and Kerala unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan was on Friday criticised by a CBI court for failing to appear in a graft case relating to the
award of contracts to a Canadian firm for renovation of three hydel projects in the state.
Vijayan, the seventh accused in the SNC Lavalin case,
had filed an exemption petition stating that due to
unavoidable public meetings, he was unable to appear in court
"This is not a convincing reason that can be put
forward by the accused," Special Judge Jose Thomas observed.
Vijayan`s counsel then assured the judge that whenever
the court asks him to appear, he would be present.
Only two others accused in the case -- G Rajashekharan
Nair, former KSEB board member and PA Siddhartan Menon,
Former KSEB chairman were present.
Besides Vijayan, four other accused, including K
Mohanachandraan, former Principal secretary (Power) and former
KSEB chairman, and A Francis former joint SECRETARY (Energy)
also failed to appear.
The court also issued fresh non-bailable arrest
warrant against Claus Trendl, former senior vice president of
SNC Lavalin, and summons against the Lavalin company.
The case has been posted to Dec 19 for further
hearing. The CBI filed charge sheet in the case on June 11,
The case pertains to alleged irregularities and
corruption in awarding contract for renovation of three hydel
projects to SNC-Lavalin when Vijayan was power minister in the
LDF government in mid-1990s.